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The New Moon on your birthday signals opportunities to initiate a significant new cycle in your quest to realize ambitions. This leg of your journey may require adjustments related to financial interests or partnership issues of some kind. Express yourself with as much conscious awareness as possible. You can further your interests or instigate unnecessary conflict, depending on your agenda. Creative expression can open important doors, yet to maximize that potential will require your focused discipline. Social engagements likewise should work in your favor, and certain relationships with those in your immediate network could move to a whole new level.
— by Victoria Emory

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Written in the Planets

Today the Sun and Moon meet for the Libra New Moon, early in that sign (exact at 2:26 pm EDT / 18:26:14 UTC). The closest other object is the asteroid Isis — about as close as you can get. Named after a primary Egyptian goddess, one of the major Isis myths involves how she had to put the body of her husband Osiris back together. From this, we get astrological themes for Isis such as re-unifying, recombining, reconstructing, reconciling, synthesizing, and also feminine strength.

Cozied up in the same degree of Libra with the Sun, Moon and Isis are the objects Makemake and Logos. One possible delineation for Makemake is, “the mystery of how things came to be the way they are.” Logos not only relates to words, but to logic and reason.

So there appears to be something in this New Moon — the dark, inward-looking lunar phase — about finding the tipping point (or the sweet spot) between the mystery of how things came to be the way they are, and the logic of how they have become this way, and using that space between to reconcile or synthesize the two. In other words, today could signal an opportunity for you to seek balance in your life through a new approach.

Consider what has and has not been working; meditate on what is becoming clearer and more real as Jupiter and Neptune continue to separate from their square. If you’ve been focused more on someone else’s glow or glare, this could be a good time to sort through your own responses — to them, and to yourself. Today may not feel super high-energy, but you could have an urge to enact steps in a plan — particularly if it feels like a second chance to ‘get it right’. There may not be any such thing as ‘perfection’, but the Golden Rule and cosmic law do offer solid ethical guidelines.
— by Amanda Painter

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Libra New Moon — Opposite Eris

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Amidst much other astrology that’s about to send the world spinning even more than it is, on Monday we have the Libra New Moon. That’s the annual conjunction of the Moon and Sun in Libra, though this is no ordinary New Moon: it’s exactly opposite a planet — Eris, the planet that in 2006 rearranged astronomy and led to the supposed ‘demotion’ of Pluto.

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Malala Yousafzai is in critical condition after being shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan on Tuesday. Photo: BBC.

Libra is an unusual sign, having two rather different planets associated with it: Venus (its ruler) and Saturn (which is exalted there). Libra at its best is a perfect morph of both: the attractiveness, emotional affinity and creativity of Venus, melded with the structure, firmness and resolve of Saturn. If as some say Libra struggles to make decisions, these are the two sides of the equation that it might be worth considering, and integrating.

This New Moon is face to face with Eris (illustrated in the chart below). Discovered in 2005 and named in 2006, Eris is an object approximately the size of Pluto, but with an orbit more than twice as long — and also extremely elongated, meaning that at certain points in history, Eris moves so slowly that it can spend more than a century in one sign, which it’s doing now, in Aries.

Eris is the most distant known planet from the Sun at the moment. Due to its highly elliptical orbit, Eris is even further away than Sedna, despite Sedna’s orbital cycle being about 20 times longer than that of Eris.

Named for the Greek goddess of discord and chaos, Eris often does have this quality when you study it in news charts. It can also represent the sly move, subterfuge and the covert long-term plan for domination. Its motto in such cases is “by any means necessary,” regardless of whether the goal itself is necessary.

In personal charts, Eris seems to be about the factor of identity chaos that we’re experiencing here in the postmodern world (that’s to say, the modern world, with the rug pulled out from underneath logic). We spend a lot of time wondering who we are these days, going through identity crises, transforming ourselves and collecting business cards for the various things we might identify as.
We’ve all met the person who is the bank vice president, the Reiki master, the doll clothing designer and the house organizer. That’s a reminder that Eris is in Aries.

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Libra New Moon opposite Eris. The Moon and Sun, comprising the New Moon, are toward the right side of the chart, and Eris, in red, is toward the lower left side.
All three points have the number 22, which means they are in an exact alignment. When there’s an event such as a New Moon that makes contact with a newly discovered point, we learn something about how that point expresses itself. Also shown is Mars square Chiron (see SKY section for more about that).

Off in the other direction, the Moon and Sun making a conjunction in Libra is the picture of the perfect little relationship, the one everyone says they want; the one that allegedly helps us resolve the whole question of who we are. There’s an idealistic quality, there’s the sensation of balance, the Moon and the Sun are together — and because Libra is involved, it does something that we expect relationships to do: it looks good from the outside.

Yet there’s the added factor in this chart: the New Moon is opposite Eris in Aries, as in exact to the degree, putting these two concepts into a confrontation. Remember that Eris is a relatively new addition to astrology, so it’s necessary to be open minded.

In an article in the current issue of The Mountain Astrologer, I describe the process of figuring out what new planets mean. I give numerous examples of what I call “proving moments” — events where the newly discovered point is involved in something like a New Moon or a Full Moon, especially when there is an unusually tight alignment (two degrees or less, for example). When this happens, it’s possible to witness the expression of the deeper nature of the newly discovered point (and by newly, I mean within the past 20 years or so) reveal itself. [If you’re curious about one example, consider that the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened one week after a New Moon conjunct a little planet called Borasisi.]

We are about to have just such a proving moment with Eris. What we witness over the next few days will be expressive on some level of what Eris is about. In fact what we’ve been witnessing over the past week is offering some insight, though if you recall from Tuesday’s edition, an asteroid called Psyche has been very active as well, lending itself to an atmosphere of healing crisis in personal relationships, deep self-doubts and the quest for authentic faith in ourselves and one another. I thought that the Sun-Psyche conjunction would be potent though I was surprised to see just how much crisis came along with it.

Eris, for its part, can describe (or seem to precipitate) a breakdown of the known order of things (in philosophy this is sometimes called postmodernism — a well-established trait of Eris).

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In this photograph released by the Pakistani government on Oct. 9, 2012, Pakistani army doctors give treatment to injured Malala Yousafzai, 14, at an army hospital. She remains in critical condition and has been given a 70% chance of surviving.

Among the salient events in the news that describe a kind of morbid social disintegration was the Taliban in Pakistan attempting to murder a 14-year-old school girl named Malala Yousafzai. She got international attention when at age 11 she began writing a diary for the BBC.

She had openly stated her desire to be a doctor, and then once she had figured out the significance of social issues in her country and the world, a political leader (stating that she wanted to help solve the problems of Pakistan). She did something dangerous, which was advocate for the rights of girls to get an education and have a career.

In one entry from 2009, she wrote, “I felt hurt on opening my wardrobe and seeing my uniform, school bag and geometry box. Boys’ schools are opening tomorrow. But the Taliban have banned girls’ education.”

On Tuesday, a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, and shot her in the head and the throat. She is now in critical condition after surgeons removed a bullet from near her spine, still unconscious and breathing with the assistance of a respirator. The Taliban has reportedly issued a series of statements trying to justify its actions on the grounds that she’s spreading secular thought, and has vowed to kill her if she recovers. Her father’s life is also under threat, since he has encouraged her to be outspoken and pursue her dreams.

In other news, Turkey has been bombing Syria this week, in retaliation for shells from the conflict inside Syria landing on the Turkish side of the border. And Turkey on Wednesday intercepted a passenger airliner that it claimed had illegal cargo, heightening tension between the two countries. Some cargo was removed and the jet was allowed to take off again several hours later. We need to monitor each and every one of these situations as Mars makes its way across Sagittarius (international factors) and many sensitive points now located there.

Steroids and More Steroids

In the United States, as of Thursday, 138 people have come down with meningitis after receiving injections of contaminated steroids produced by a specialized pharmacy (called a compounding pharmacy) in Massachusetts.

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It’s all about muscles, even for a vice presidential candidate. This is one photo in a series of Paul Ryan that was released by Time magazine this week.

The federal Centers for Disease Control blamed nurses and dirty needles for the outbreak — in five states simultaneously — in an obvious attempt to protect the drug maker. Outbreaks of the rare, potentially deadly illness have now been reported in 11 states. These steroids were used mainly to relieve pain and inflammation.

Speaking of steroids, then there’s the other kind. The Lance Armstrong doping scandal has removed whatever credibility bicycle racing had left. Armstrong was recently stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for using drugs that made him bigger, stronger and faster. But apparently he pushed the whole U.S. team into involvement with the conspiracy.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) this week released 1,000 pages of testimony establishing that the American pro-cycling team, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, ran a vast scheme to cheat with multiple team members using drugs, over an extended period of time.

According to a statement released this week by the USADA, the file “includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the U.S. Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance-enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.”

An article in Thursday’s editions of The New York Times described in lurid detail how Armstrong was the central organizer of the American team’s doping practices, and bullied other athletes, including the top cyclists of their generation, to participate. The Times reported:

Kristin Armstrong, Armstrong’s former wife, handed out cortisone tablets wrapped tightly in foil to the team at the 1998 world championships.

Riders were given water bottles containing EPO as if they were boxed lunches. Jonathan Vaughters said the bottles were carefully labeled for them: “Jonathan — 5×2” meant five vials of 2,000 international units each of EPO were tucked inside. Once when Vaughters was in Armstrong’s room borrowing his laptop, Armstrong injected himself with EPO and said, now “that you are doing EPO too, you can’t go write a book about it.”

This one statement offers insight into just how they planned to keep this under wraps. Every time I read about Armstrong’s use of steroids, I have the same question about what exactly caused Lance Armstrong to get testicular cancer. Shooting steroids is one possible explanation, since sex gland cancers are often attributed to hormone imbalances. Given his use of the drugs, it’s a miracle he was able to keep his cancer in remission. And it will be interesting to see what federal prosecutors do with this case.

In another kind of sports-related scandal, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for being a serial rapist of young boys. This was an unofficial but apparently sanctioned part of the Penn State athletic program.

I don’t believe that this is justice being served. That is not really possible, though other criminal and civil cases are pending. Sandusky did damage to countless young people, and demonstrated how difficult it is for those under attack to get the attention of authorities when powerful people are involved in the abuse, or covering it up.

The core issue here is trust. The people who survived his antics will have a hard time trusting anyone, and survivors everywhere are getting a glimpse into how, when everyone ignores your plea or you’re afraid to come forward, it’s so easy to blame yourself for what happened.

Romney’s Hormone Chaos

One last bit from the news. Tuesday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told The Des Moines Register’s editorial board that “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” In other words, he told an outrageous lie that he was not planning to sign any anti-abortion legislation (something that he’s promised to do, and never to do, on many different occasions).

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During his 1994 race for U.S. senator from Massachusetts, Romney said he was pro-choice. Today he claims to want to overturn Roe v. Wade (which only the Supreme Court can do) and also to ban women from having access to birth control. See the full video here.

Two hours later, the Romney campaign was walking back his earlier statement. “Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”

This is the stock in trade of his campaign: say whatever is convenient in that moment, then it’s broadcast, and then that position is reversed later that day. Even if you think that politicians are duplicitous, this is just over the top. (We’ll see how this works when I do the charts of both major candidates, probably for next week’s edition.)

Romney has in the past stated that he supports a woman’s right to choose what to do about a pregnancy (it’s hard to be a politician who is not pro-choice in Massachusetts). He then said he would sign a law banning abortion, and at other times said he would sign ‘personhood’ legislation that would ban in vitro fertilization, the IUD and hormonal birth control, and that would establish the definition of life as beginning at conception.

He has said that he believes the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision allowing women access to abortion. He’s also said he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood.

Now for the surreal twist: Romney’s post-debate bounce in popularity came largely from single women. Greg Sargent wrote this week, “Mitt Romney beat Obama in the debate for a simple reason. Unmarried women — a critical piece of Obama’s coalition — did not hear Obama telling [them] how [he] would make their lives better. By contrast, they did hear Romney telling them he’d improve their lives.”

Planet Waves political analyst Astrodem wrote to me this week, “Multiple pollsters are confirming that almost all of the movement came from women — especially single women. As I said before, we’re going to cover a lot of ground in the campaign, but it’s ultimately going to come down to who wins the single ladies.”

I guess if you’re going to win over young women who vote, you have to create confusion about where you stand on reproductive issues — especially if you’re sworn to banning reproductive rights for women.

The problem here is that many people are confused, and sometimes I think, in love with their confusion. After all, if you’re confused, you don’t have to commit to anything; you can claim to be at the mercy of chaos. This is not what some call creative chaos; rather, it’s the chaos that’s at the root of all forms of disease.

New Moon opposite Eris as a Personal Message

Let’s consider the same planetary event using the astrology as a personal reference point, and then investigate whether it’s really so personal after all.

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Idealized views of relationships conflict with the complexity of an individual’s inner world. They seem to take on a life of their own, denying that humans tend to grow and change. We need a model of relationships that accounts for this basic fact of existence.

I’ve proposed that the Moon-Sun conjunction in Libra represents an idealized view of relationships. Libra is one of the signs that most vividly describes relating to others (it’s the sign opposite Aries, which is about self-focus). What we’re seeing, though, is that prefab views on relationships are not working so well; people behave differently from how the rules say they’re supposed to. In fact the rules seem to be a cover-up of actual behavior.

And that’s coming under special focus now. Eris in Aries is a factor that stirs up chaos within the psyche, the sensation that “I don’t know who I am, this is so confusing, who am I, what do I want.” One typical way to try to resolve that is to shift one’s identity into a relationship, and ‘find oneself’ there.

Yet Eris is saying that you have to be yourself, and that it’s not possible to use a relationship to substitute for that. The usual chameleon-like attempts to ‘be the person’ you think your partner wants you to be are not going to work so well under the stress of this opposition, and you may start to figure out that they’re not going to work at all, if they ever did. You might call Eris in this context “the thin line beyond which you really can’t fake.”

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A person’s mind and emotions — like postmodern art — don’t necessarily make sense any way but their own. “Untitled Combine,” 1963, by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008).

However, when this method suddenly stops working, that can leave you feeling like you don’t know who you are — perhaps with the sensation of vertigo. That sense of not knowing can be profoundly unsettling and disorienting. Removing the false foundation can lead directly to feeling like you don’t have any foundation at all.

This is part of why, in my view, many people stay in relationships that don’t support their growth. At least they are supported on the level of ego identity, even if it comes at the expense of their independence and freedom. Notably it also saves many people from the responsibilities of independence and freedom.

Things can get really weird when one person or the other in the relationship reaches the point where they can no longer remain static. If one person’s identity is ‘founded’ on that of another person, both people can become unstable when either one of them starts to grow. Often there’s a reaction — to suppress the growth. Eventually, that’s likely to fail, and then there can be a collapse, meltdown, drama or crisis.

Many people have spent their lives going from relationship to relationship, trying to establish their stability there, yet at the expense of their growth and evolution.

And it looks like this particular pattern is what comes into focus with Monday’s Libra New Moon opposite Eris in Aries. I said earlier that this is a proving moment, when we get to observe what’s happening to us personally, and watch the world around us for information about Eris and what it represents. I’ve made a few observations here that I trust you can take into consideration and still study yourself and your environment for more information.

This is a big moment for Eris, and an ongoing big moment for the world, as we approach the Mercury retrograde election and the final weeks before 12/21/12.


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Megawatts Flowing into Mars Square Chiron

I’ve mentioned the Libra New Moon above, which happens in an exact opposition to the minor planet Eris. That alignment is at 8:02 am EDT Monday. A few hours later is another unusual aspect — Mars square Chiron. This is connected to the New Moon two ways. One is that Eris is in Aries, which points to Mars because of the Mars-Aries connection; and in mythology, Eris and Mars are siblings. Uranus is also in Aries amping up the New Moon and running additional power through that Mars.

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Mars, God of War by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (1599-1660); in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

One other point before I describe the Mars-Chiron square: Mars has a lot of additional energy pouring into it from Scorpio, the other Mars-ruled sign — which is currently hosting Saturn and Mercury. Imagine all this energy from Aries and Scorpio flooding into Mars as it makes a square to Chiron.

The square between Mars and Chiron represents two focused, potent forces applying to one another in a high-friction dynamic. Mars is in Sagittarius; Chiron is in Pisces, both being energetic, nervous, mutable signs that are looking for movement. Both are also connected to spiritual matters. With this aspect, it’s as if each pushes on the other with equal force. But it’s not a face-off; it’s a square, which is going to get movement one way or the other. This is a “something’s got to give” aspect, which can manifest as a block or the feeling of ‘holding it in’ before that something gives way.

Mars square Chiron is one of the ultimate ‘stuck’ aspects. People with this natal placement can glow with energy, but often they don’t know what to do with it, or are scared to do anything with it. They can carry so much static charge that your hair stands up with you get near them, but they struggle to discharge the energy.

This can manifest as overt creative and sexual blocks (including in some an odd phobia around sex), and a crisis over how to direct their will — which is complicated by the fact that they carry so much energy. Over time, this aspect can be the foundation for solid integrity, but it can take a while to get there. This can be true of all squares, which can come with the process of going back and forth between one planet and the other until finally integrating the two.

When the event is a mutual aspect (two planets in realtime, contacting one another like Mars and Chiron are now) the back and forth can arrive in the buildup and the moment of choice emerges when the aspect happens.

Now imagine the whole world feeling this way, going through the struggle on a cultural level. This does indeed describe conditions on the planet as they frequently manifest, though the current astrology pulls the whole thing into focus. The New Moon is a potential discharge point for this buildup. If you’re a control freak, there may be the feeling of things going out of control. If you’re flexible and are good at directing your energy, you may feel the ability to manifest extremely high focus, unusual guts and do anything you need to do.

Be aware of your fear level, and do what you can to summon your courage. This combination of aspects is a rare opportunity to shape your life in a conscious way. The warrior power of Mars, Chiron and Eris, combined with the sense of justice provided by Libra, is a magnificent blend of possibilities. Add one other factor of Juno in Sagittarius — the quest for social justice, and relationships that have this as their goal — and we have a moment when it might seem like anything is possible.


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All’s Fair in Love and Ohio

In U.S. voter restriction news, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday in his continued attempt to end early voting on the final weekend before Election Day.

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Several federal judges have struck down Husted’s efforts, most recently last Friday. If Husted is successful, the appeal will disenfranchise upwards of 100,000 voters in November. Husted claims that all voters in Ohio already have 230 hours before Election Day in which they can vote, and to be ‘fair’, all Ohio counties must offer the same voting hours.

“This is an unprecedented intrusion by the federal courts into how states run elections and because of its impact on all 50 states as to who and how elections will be run in America we are asking the Supreme Court to step in and allow Ohioans to run Ohio elections,” Husted said in a press release.

Husted’s ‘fair’ election hours would end up reducing voting hours in primarily Democratic counties, which want to hold final-weekend voting hours; Republican counties would rather not. Another shocker: African-American churchgoers comprise a significant number of voters casting ballots on the final Sunday before Election Day.

Note to Politicos: I watched the Biden-Ryan debate last night with some interest; I thought Biden was whiny and defensive, and that Ryan seemed confident, and that the media would call the debate for Biden. I don’t have more to say about that now, but we’ll be focusing on the U.S. presidential election starting next week. PS, if you want to know a little about Biden, check out this old story from The New York Times. — efc


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All the Pretty Horses

In a striking illustration of this past week’s Mars-Neptune square and its potential to manifest as a violent lie, ProPublica broke a story indicating that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been selling surprising numbers of wild horses to a Colorado man who may be sending them to slaughter illegally. The astrology is sadly fitting: Mars is making the square from Sagittarius, a sign represented by an archer that is half man, half horse (a centaur) — and Mars is also squaring Chiron, the centaur and healer, in Pisces.

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A helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather wild horses in the Conger Mountains near Border in Utah on September 7, 2010. Photo: Reuters/Jim Urquhart.

On Monday, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman interviewed reporter Dave Philipps, who broke the story. Philipps is investigating whether the BLM is ignoring the activity of Tom Davis, a high-volume buyer of the horses rounded up each year for population control.

Due to a drastic slow-down in adoptions and purchases (rules for which stipulate the horses may not be sent to slaughterhouses) plus the horses’ longevity, more wild horses are now in holding corrals than exist in the wild — all on the government’s (the taxpayers’) dime.

Tellingly, Davis has tried to raise money to build his own slaughterhouse — asking Ken Salazar’s brother, John Salazar, head of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, for help in getting a business grant; he declined. Davis claims to have sold many horses to Mexican film companies; yet Mexico is a top producer of horsemeat for human consumption internationally. The location of the nearly 2,000 horses he has purchased since 2009 is a mystery apropos of Mars in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces: there is a suspect, but no body.

“They never question me too hard. It makes ’em [the BLM] look good if they’re movin’ these horses, see?” says Davis. “Every horse I take from them saves them a lot of money. I’m doing them a favor. I’m doing the American people a favor.”

Spoken like a true patriot of Neptune’s shadow side.


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A forestry worker holding up a weather balloon to guide an Agent Orange-spraying airplane gets doused and dosed with the stuff as much as the foliage. Agent Orange contains the supertoxin dioxin. This kind of casual contact was common practice in a number of industries. Image: video still from Orange Witness.

Can I Get a Witness?

Andrew Nisker, award-winning producer and director of Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, was horrified after meeting severely disfigured children whose parents or grandparents had been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Upon discovering North American workers who had used Agent Orange to defoliate roadside culverts and railway corridors were also being sickened — as well as home gardeners who had used it — Nisker decided to tell the fogged-over story of Agent Orange.

“Like the truth commissions held in South Africa after the downfall of apartheid, Orange Witness is a film/platform for those who were exposed to Agent Orange to tell their stories,” writes Nisker on the film’s website. “To hopefully inspire others to start to tell their own stories and eventually pressure industry and governments to deal with the impact it continues to have on our health.”

Orange Witness premieres at the Planet In Focus Film Festival on Oct. 13 at the TIFF Lightbox theatre in Toronto; it is also available for private and not-for-profit screenings here. Carol Van Strum, one of Planet Waves’ expert researchers on environmental toxin issues, provided research for the film.


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Planet Waves FM :: Minor Planets, Ohio and the Election

In this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I offer a look at my recent article in The Mountain Astrologer, which is the first comprehensive survey of the minor planets in an astrology magazine. I read from the article, describe some of what it says and tell you how to get your hands on a copy. I also look at the current sky and planetary positions, and the Libra New Moon opposite Eris. Finally, I take a look at the chart for Ohio, currently the state to win if you want to be president, and the chart for the election itself. All in all, a fine edition of Planet Waves FM.


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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 October Monthly horoscope was published Friday, Sept. 28. Inner Space for October was published Tuesday, Oct. 2. The September Moonshine Horoscope was published Tuesday, Sept. 18. 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. A recent weekly horoscope (#918) covered the Libra equinox in detail.


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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 #921 | By Eric Francis

Libra Birthdays This Week: A Moment of Bold Transparency

If you have a birthday anywhere in the neighborhood of Monday’s New Moon (say, give or take four days on either side), you understand that your life is at a point of not only a new phase, but a total revision of your perspective, especially where relationships are concerned. ‘Relationship’ means the self relating to another, and that’s only possible if you know who you are. To know who you are, it helps to see through the facade you put up — and with the New Moon opposite Eris, that’s now eminently possible. Indeed, this gives you laser (I originally typed lawyer) like ability to focus on the issues and penetrate into your own bullshit and the bullshit of others. Then, you have the option to act on that power: to be real, to express your creative desires, and to collaborate with others in a new and satisfying way. Meanwhile, in this new phase of your relationships, you can expect to attract people who are stronger, and who aspire to actual integrity, but who you might feel are inaccessble. It will be worth the process of getting to know and understand them. Give it time, set your expectations aside, and don’t be deceived by appearances. Note to Libras and Libra rising people: I’ve recorded an hour of astrology for you that describes your birthday charts. The reading also includes a tarot session. Find out more at this link.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — You have unusual access to the secrets of loved ones and partners. You may simply be aware of what they’re thinking and feeling, as well as what they’re not saying. Or, certain factors may be conspiring for them to divulge long-concealed information to you. The question is what you do with that information, since it evokes the concept ‘knowledge is power’, and provides a certain basis for decisions that you didn’t have before. I suggest you keep your options open and not make any decisions that would be difficult or impossible to reverse. Trust is the thing you want. As part of that you can trust your own influence over your most intimate circumstances, including where emotions, money and creative potential are at stake. One reason to bide your time is that you’re still in the process of coming out of denial about certain facts of which you’ve been in denial, and the tables may turn soon enough, requiring you to depend on the goodwill, compassion and fairness of others. What you put out will come back to you.

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) — It would appear as though someone wants to marry you, and I suggest you pause and reflect before deciding whether you want to marry them. This may be literal or figurative; the ‘marriage’ in question could be a business partnership, a spiritual partnership, the merging of an idea — or actual nuptials. One of the first things to investigate is whether everyone involved in the situation is being real with themselves, and with others involved. Check the theme of ‘availability’ from every angle you can think of. Then I suggest you account for any exaggeration on your part — whether this involves your feelings, or overlooking certain key details because you’re having so much fun. There is one other factor. While you obviously cannot respond to what you don’t know about, you can make room for the potential that you’re working with incomplete facts. Over the next week or so you’re going to learn a lot, and what emerges will be useful information.

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 struggling to understand someone else’s point of view, in light of recent unexplainable decisions they have made which have impacted your life. I think you already know where they’re coming from, and what you’re really trying to do is make sense of what appear to be contradictions between what they’re saying and how they’re treating you. This is not a situation you have to obsess over, and you could do yourself a favor by taking what you’ve learned to heart and moving on. Sooner or later, however, you’ll have to deal with your own difficulty trusting. There are days when it seems that every time you take a chance, you face some unexpected consequences. You would be surprised how much of this situation could be addressed by initiating a personal policy of direct communication. Make clear statements, ask when you have a question, and take account of what you learn. You’re acting as if you have secrets to keep, or as if your own motives are under a veil of some kind, when this is hardly the case.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — You would have no need to feel secure, were you not in some way feeling threatened. It’s a lot easier to figure out what will make you feel safe if you’ve addressed the nature of what you believe makes you unsafe; in fact you might decide that there’s no threat and that you need nothing at all. Reassess your situation sooner rather than later, because you’re investing a lot of energy into avoiding something that’s not actually a problem, and potentially creating a situation that could become one. Describing your solar chart another way, you seem to be obsessed with structure, as if you want to put a container around something that would otherwise be free. There is an alternative, which is to open up communication on the theme or topic that you think needs to be confined. These probably feel like opposing impulses within your psyche, and that may be causing you some conflict. Once you open up communication, first with yourself and then with anyone germane to the discussion, your sense of conflict will ease back.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — You may have some idea that you think is going to wreak havoc on people’s minds, if they were to hear about it. This has another side to it: we’re starting to figure out that we live in a world where we’re being spied on. Can you imagine every time you send a text message or email that it appears on some computer screen somewhere, or is stashed away in a database for future review? In either scenario, we have to make peace with the idea that our thoughts all have a public dimension. One’s individual mind is the connection point to something more: whether it’s an individual listener, a community or ‘the public’ (whatever that means for you). I know this has the potential to make some people extremely self-conscious; others thrive on the potential that their thoughts might have a wider influence than your average gossip, and that someone actually might care. That, by the way, is a true fact.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Keep your focus on your own finances and your own resources, and make sure that the confusion of others doesn’t cloud your thinking. You’re more independent than you think, or than you let on to yourself. No person is actually self-sufficient; we all depend on an exchange of resources. Yet in this particular instance, you run the risk of giving up your power to someone who may not have a plan, and who in the worst-case scenario may be a kind of crazymaker. Therefore, keep your business to yourself, focus on what you want to accomplish, and reveal facts to other people only on a need-to-know basis. You have some significant opportunity on your hands right now; you have enough of what you need, in terms of material assets, to bring your idea to life. Part of your quest is seeing that fact, and part of that is not thinking that other people are necessary for you to take your initial steps. Include others only when absolutely necessary.

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Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) –Monday’s New Moon in your birth sign indicates not just a new chapter but also a new volume in your life. Yet you seem to be ready to move forward less trusting of intimate relationships than you have been in the past. This coincides with a commitment to get to know yourself better, including plumbing down into the shadowy world of self-esteem. One thing to remember about ‘relationships’ the way they are generally arranged is that they tend to be designed to help us avoid the deeper questions involving how you feel about yourself. Relationships even become a substitute for self-esteem, but you’re long past having another person in your life just to prop you up. Yet you will pay a price for that privilege, which is focused, steadfast devotion to the cause of who you are. That will involve admitting what you feel comfortable with about yourself, and what you don’t like as much. When you feel the strength of admitting your weaknesses (beginning with yourself), you will feel a lot better being authentic in the presence of others.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — You may be starting to figure out how isolated you’ve felt (and for how long), now that you are getting a little relief. At least you feel some substance to your presence in the world; for too long you existed like a ghost, even at times feeling unable to take up physical space, or willing to admit that you exist. You may also be feeling a new sense of responsibility to yourself, which involves rising to a level of authenticity that you’ve been uncomfortable with for quite some time. The question is, what exactly were you hiding, whether from yourself or from anyone else? My sense from your solar charts is that you’ve been holding a certain edge to protect you from getting in too deep. This makes any emotional risk feel like putting all your chips onto the table. But unlike in a poker game, you might want to ask yourself whether you have more to lose by holding back your feelings, or by expressing them. Often the laws of spirit run contrary to the laws of the material plane — and you are in just such a situation.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — The sky would be the limit, if you would take off your blindfold and see that it’s there. You could run far and fast, if you would only notice that your shoelaces are tied together — and untie them. You could assert yourself and get what you want, if you would notice the way that you are clinging to what you think makes you secure, mistaking it for integrity. One thing I’ve noticed working as an astrologer is that many people are in love with what holds them back. There is a human tendency, which I don’t really understand, to value the things that ensure we’ll never aspire to be more than we are. I suggest you investigate the ways you may be doing this. This includes noticing how and when you count yourself as the underdog, and also when you believe that this puts you at some disadvantage. In reality, the primary conflict you’re in is with yourself. I suggest you own that fact and leave others out of your struggle; this way, they will be available to support you.

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) — You need to act on a career-related matter despite your emotional reservations, and despite the fact that it might not be a perfect situation. Your own hesitancy is most of what’s getting in the way of your judgment; were you to take a more objective look at the situation, you would probably agree that it’s set up to work in your favor. There may also be someone influencing your judgment, primarily by their subtle refusal to acknowledge your influence, talent or your power over your own life. This, and you’re famous for your perfectionism where professional engagements, plans or ambitions are concerned. I suggest you set aside the notion of ‘perfect’ and substitute ‘practical’. Then ask yourself whether what you’re considering, or being offered, bears any resemblance to what you’ve said over and over again that you really want. If it does, I suggest you trust that the details will take care of themselves — and that you have a distinct advantage as the underdog in the situation.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Saturn has crossed the potent midheaven of your solar chart. That’s the angle associated with your highest goals, your reputation and your career. You have Scorpio on this angle, which suggests that you tend to take a secretive approach to the territory of your work; you might focus on the power aspect of success; and rarely are you trusting of others really wanting to help you. None of this sounds particularly Aquarian, I know. What I’m describing is far from visionary, inclusive or progressive. As you know, one of your roles on the planet is to bring these advances where they did not exist before. The challenge in doing so is opening up space within yourself for them to exist, where in the past they had no place. In other words, it’s now up to you to support open dialog, act on the basis of what you want to create rather than what you want to control, and most of all, to extend a measure of trust in environments where you might have presumed that impossible. You might think you’re not strong enough to do this — yet to ascertain just how strong you are, you’ll need to experiment.

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) — There seem to be significant opportunities on the table right now; the astrology looks like some kind of investment, merger or collaboration is brewing. I have to say, this looks pretty good; yet where such arrangements are concerned, there is always the need for two things. One is to make sure that any arrangement is in alignment with your most deeply held values. Are you being true to yourself? Are you noticing any resistance? Second, it’s essential that you pay attention to the details. Certain parties in the equation may be exaggerating the facts, so I suggest you be a skeptic and not take anything on its face. Make sure that the field is level, and the way to do that is to know what you’re talking about. This is one situation where the facts are on your side. So make sure you know what you need to know. Take command, but make sure you do it in a subtle way — and in that same subtle way, make sure you persist, keep your focus and get what you want.

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History, Turning on a Phrase

“We don’t want freedom. We don’t want justice. We just want someone to love.”
— David Byrne / Talking Heads

Dear Friend and Reader:

The recent Libra New Moon quietly marked a threshold in world history, if you use astrology as a way of keeping track. We know that the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11 incident was last month. Our culture is obsessed with anniversaries, but nature works on a little different schedule. Astrology points to its own moments of passage, and we happen to be at one right now. During the New Moon of Thursday, Oct. 7, the Sun and Moon were conjunct within two arc minutes — that is, 1/30th of a degree — to the ascendant of the chart for Sept. 11, 2001.

World Trade Center 7, or the Salomon Brothers building, shortly before it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. Most people don’t know that a third tower of the Trade Center complex fell down that day. Photographer unknown.

In the nine years since that incident, yesterday’s was the closest New Moon to the chart’s ascendant, and the only one occupying that degree, and it was close. My impression is that we have a rare moment of transparency around an event that shaped our lives, changed the world and, more significantly, reaffirmed something about human nature.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of the ascendant, it is also called the rising sign. In every chart there is a sign rising — that is, a section of sky, represented by a zodiac sign, rising above the Earth’s horizon in the east. In this case, Libra is the sign rising. There is also a degree rising, which is like the precise address of the chart and what it represents. Every chart with an exact time has a rising degree, including your natal chart. It’s a good thing to know. On Sept 11, precisely when Flight 11 was flown into the North Tower, that degree was 14+ Libra — remarkable because Mercury was precisely rising at that moment. Mercury in the exact degree rising gave the chart emphasis, and an ominous quality, part of which was ‘this is an event with a message’. (Let’s refer to this as the North Tower chart.)

Libra is an astrological way of saying ‘good show’. The events of Sept. 11 were compelling, even convincing, and they riled up our desire for justice, a Libra quality. But Mercury is the trickster. Behind the elegant image of Libra were a series of layers that remind us that things aren’t always what they seem, and that appearances can deceive.

I consider the North Tower chart to be a world horoscope. The event was used to reshape geopolitics. Several wars were started as a result of the attacks, which have yet to end, and the concept of the ‘post 9-11 world’ was born. So in a sense we have one of the birth charts of the 21st century: what some had thought would be the New American Century. The conservative think tank by that name argued for the new rise of a dominant American military, in a plan that called for waging a multi-front war early in the century. But in September 2000, one year before Sept. 11, it said that “the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.”

Mercury is a reminder to depend on documentation as a way of keeping track of the facts. Who exactly was in the New American Century group of thinkers? Those who signed onto the New American Century manifesto included Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush and Dan Quayle — a Who’s Who of neoconservative politics.

The North Tower Chart

I’ve written a number of articles about the North Tower chart, most of them focusing on Mercury rising. Using classical methods of interpretation, Mercury in Libra was the planet associated with the secret enemy who perpetrated the attacks (the planet that rules the 12th house). It’s a perfect description of someone stealthy, clever, able to focus on an image and use images, and who understood how to use the media. Sept. 11 was one of the most spectacular Mercury-type events ever, broadcast on live television, orchestrated by someone with a stunning gift for creating spin.

Chart for the North Tower impact on Sept. 11, 2001. Note that Mercury is the planet in the ascendant on the left side of the chart. Click here for a larger version of the chart.

The planet representing the official government, the Moon (ruler of the 10th house), was void-of-course at the end of Gemini, indicating the government was asleep at the wheel. The other planet for the government — by default, Saturn, representing the ruling structure of the country, and also what you might call the homeland (as the ruler of the 4th house) or shadow government — was in Gemini. That’s also a representation of the twin (Gemini) structures (Saturn) involved and an image of the two faces of the government.

Now here is where the chart starts to reveal its secrets. Mercury is the planet of Gemini, and Saturn is the planet exalted in Libra: they are in reception: that is, they occupy one another’s signs. And they are in a perfect (to the degree) trine aspect, indicating cooperation.

That’s another way of saying that they can switch places. The secret enemy and the homeland government look like they’re functioning as one entity. From the first moment, we had an early warning that something was up, serving as an astrological notation of the many issues that would be raised by researchers and analysts in the decade to follow.

In particular, the relationship between Mercury and Saturn hinted at the government’s foreknowledge or involvement in whatever happened. The idea that ‘Bush knew’ was circulating widely, even in the news, by the spring of 2002. Two years later, the CIA, under public pressure, declassified something called the Presidential Daily Brief of Aug. 6, 2001. Just one month before the attacks, the administration was warned by the CIA that “Bin Laden [was] determined to strike in the US,” outlining a number of current terrorist threats. Notably, this was the first time ever that a PDB was released to the public.

Detail of Thursday’s Libra New Moon. Note the Sun and Moon at 14+ Libra, two arc minutes from the ascendant of the North Tower chart, and conjunct the infamous Mercury rising.

Even the official 9/11 Commission report said that the “system was blinking red” that summer.

Many writers and researchers have published on these and related issues, ranging from engineers asking how it was possible that the two towers collapsed at all, much less within 29 minutes of one another, to whether there was actually an airplane crash at the Pentagon. And with the thousands of planes intercepted by the Air Force for as little as veering off the course of the pilot’s flight plan, how was it even vaguely possible that these four hijacked flights — an unprecedented event — were not intercepted? Fifty-nine minutes elapsed between the crash at the North Tower and whatever happened at the Pentagon. One would think that an hour was enough time for the Air Force to stop an attack on the military headquarters of the free world.

The problem with these questions does not involve their validity. I’ve looked into them all, and they all have a value worth considering, raising significant questions lacking easy answers. The real problem is social: it involves what others will think of you, or the fear of what others will think, when you start asking. People tend to either get scared or accuse you of being a conspiracy nut. Some become openly hostile if you propose that anything but the official version of events is possible. A few will affirm that actual questions exist. Many polls indicate that the public is suspicious. More than half in one 2007 Zogby poll wanted Bush and Cheney to be investigated for their involvement in 9/11 and in the same poll more than 30% sought their immediate impeachment.

Even if the Mercury-Saturn relationship in the North Tower chart describes only the perception of the event, that perception has come with enormous pain and then a good dose of skepticism on the part of the public, and a lot of activity on the part of policy makers.

In retrospect, what did that look like? In The Shock Doctrine, published in 2007, author Naomi Klein describes “the intersection between super-profits and megadisasters” in which “the preferred method of advancing corporate goals [is] using moments of collective trauma to engage in radical social and economic engineering.” Essentially, the process breaks down to two parts: 1. Create or exploit a shock; and 2. Use the confused and chaotic aftermath to push through/assert a corporate and/or political coup with no threat of backlash from a traumatized public.

Klein proposed that, “This feat required two stages. First, the White House used the omnipresent sense of peril in the aftermath of 9/11 to dramatically increase the policing, surveillance, detention and war-waging powers of the executive branch — a power grab that the military historian Andrew Bacevich has termed ‘a rolling coup’. Then those newly enhanced and richly funded functions of security, invasion, occupation and reconstruction were immediately outsourced, handed over to the private sector to perform at a profit. Although the stated goal was fighting terrorism, the effect was the creation of the disaster capitalism complex — a full-fledged new economy in homeland security, privatized war and disaster reconstruction tasked with nothing less than building and running a privatized security state, both at home and abroad.”

The Chart for World Trade Center 7

There’s a second Sept. 11 chart that I haven’t written much about yet, timed for the spontaneous collapse of World Trade Center 7 on the afternoon of Sept. 11. Most people still have not heard that a third tower of the World Trade Center collapsed that day — a 47-story building with an impressive list of tenants. This building was not hit by any airplanes; it ‘simply collapsed’ at 5:21 pm. Notably, the 9/11 Commission did not look into how or why WTC 7 collapsed, so it came to no conclusions.

Segment of the chart for the spontaneous collapse of WTC 7 at 5:21 pm on Sept. 11, 2001. Note that the chart has Neptune (the blue trident) two degrees from the ascendant, indicating that the situation is veiled in deception and denial, and suggesting that the truth may never be known, and that if it is, it’s subject to being refuted by denial. The full chart is here.

First let’s take a look at the chart, which is for the moment the structure fell in its footprint in about six seconds. Having sustained no impact by an airplane and with several relatively small fires, we are told that a concrete and steel skyscraper fell straight down, on its own, at freefall speed.

Here’s the whole chart in a separate window; to the right is a picture of the ascendant, the most significant piece. In this chart, like the North Tower chart, there is a planet rising — but this time it’s Neptune.

Neptune rising presents a mystery. It’s also a beautiful image of how WTC 7 was a kind of non-event; it was invisible. Neptune is like a veil of fog, and that veil can indicate deception, denial or delusion (words that begin with the letter D tend to attach themselves to Neptune, including Drink, Drugs and Drama). In a public chart like this, one that potentially involves a crime, Neptune rising suggests we may never know the truth, or that the truth will be obscured or seem confusing. The sign involved is Aquarius; in fact the public (one of those Aquarius things) was so confused that most people have no idea that WTC 7 even existed, much less that it mysteriously fell down at 5:21 pm.

There are a couple of other interesting features to the chart. In the 11th house (a public place) there is a lot of activity. In particular, we have Mars in Capricorn on the South Node. In the shorthand notation of astrology we have an old story (South Node) about militarism (Mars) and the corporate/government system (Capricorn) — and we have this in the 11th, right where anyone can see it. In other words, what this aspect describes is happening in plain sight.

In the same house, Ceres is conjunct Nessus in Capricorn. This will be fed to people like poison food, with them convinced it’s some form of nourishment.

Opposite all of this, the Moon is in Cancer, on the North Node and opposite Mars: the people in their everyday lives, their home lives, taking care of themselves and their families, get caught in the mess. The Cancer Moon opposite Mars suggests the public can get emotionally swept away by a perceived enemy and security threat and thus lose track of the intellectual level — and most of us did.

What Larry Silverstein Said, and What BBC Predicted

Larry Silverstein was the developer of WTC 7 and its owner, and he held the lease on the twin towers (WTC 1 and WTC 2) as well. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was the landlord of the whole WTC complex, which included several other buildings. One year after the attacks, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired a program called America Rebuilds. As part of a somber, comprehensive documentary that was fitting for the one-year anniversary, the producers interviewed Silverstein.

Larry Silverstein, owner of WTC 7, said in a PBS interview that he told the Fire Department that, ‘”The smartest thing to do is pull it.” Screen shot from PBS.

In that interview, he told the story of what happened to WTC 7: “I remember getting a call from the Fire Department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, ‘We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it’. And they made that decision to pull, and we watched the building collapse.”

In other words, he is saying that the building was intentionally demolished. You can watch this on video here. I recently purchased a copy of the DVD from PBS to verify that this segment is actually in the documentary, and it is there in proper context.

Now, what is interesting is that it takes weeks and sometimes months to prepare a building for demolition. If we are to believe the landlord’s statement to PBS, this preparation was done in less than a day — and that a demolition team was brought in through the catastrophe at Ground Zero, consulted architects and engineers familiar with the structure, then working extremely efficiently, rigged the building with dynamite and took it down. Either that or it had a preinstalled self-destruct mechanism.

The building was occupied by Salomon Brothers, as well as American Express and a couple of other banks and insurance companies. In addition, it had as its tenants the CIA, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the Secret Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the IRS, the Defense Department and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Like the other World Trade Center buildings, evacuation began immediately when the first plane hit, before 9 am. So the officials in all of those agencies, including many federal officers, had no chance to clean their desks, take copies of disk drives or do anything before the building fell down later that day.

BBC World reporter Jane Stanley announces that World Trade Center 7, also known as the Salomon Brothers building, has fallen down, even though it’s standing up right behind her. It’s the building to the viewer’s right of her head. To the left is the smoke from WTC 1 and 2. Photo: Screen shot from BBC World.

More interesting, BBC World, the international edition of BBC, broadcast that the building had collapsed at 4:54 pm EDT, 27 minutes in advance. This was also announced at the same time by BBC in the UK. In this video, you can see the reporter, Jane Stanley, saying that the structure has fallen down while it’s shown in the frame. We’re really talking ‘in plain sight, but might as well be invisible’ here. WTC 7 is easily identified by its location, and by the little notch at the top, next to the penthouse.

This bit of prescience has been explained away by claiming there was a lot of erroneous news reported on Sept. 11, 2001. Except for one thing: this turned out not to be an error. It was accurate, just a little early.

Indira Singh, a private pilot and EMT who was volunteering as a rescue worker at Ground Zero that day, said that by 1 pm the word was out on the street that the building would be demolished and people in the area, such as volunteers and emergency workers, were backing off and retreating toward safer ground.

“By noon or one o’clock they told us we had to move from that triage site up to Pace University, a little further away, because Building 7 was gonna come down or being brought down,” Singh said in a widely-reported 2005 interview on KPFA in Berkeley. She continued a bit further in, “There was another panic around four o’clock because they were bringing the building down and people seemed to know this ahead of time, so people were panicking again and running.” [Read the full interview here, and listen to it here.]

Apparently BBC was not the only network with a well-tuned crystal ball that day. About a minute before WTC 7 fell down, FOX 5 News in Washington, DC broadcast that a third building had fallen down while WTC 7 is shown in the frame. They are speculating that the smoke actually rising from the heap of WTC 1 and WTC 2 is from that third building that has supposedly already fallen. Then — while they are discussing this — WTC 7 collapses live, on the air.

That Turn of Phrase

The available facts add up to something a little weird, something that does not jive with the official story: controlled demolition was used to take down WTC 7, with all its highly sensitive contents in a rather sensitive moment. That this happened in a day is incredulous, particularly with the chaos of that particular place and time. The implication is that, if the building was indeed demolished, it was planned and set up in advance. If that’s true, the entire story of Sept. 11, 2001 — such as the surprise attack by Osama bin Laden — falls in its footprint at the speed of freefall. And this has both historical implications, as well as psychological ones.

The new WTC 7 has a smaller footprint and environmentally friendly features. It was the starting point of reconstruction of the WTC complex. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

There are some obvious questions here, such as why would Silverstein admit this? My theory is that the way he phrased his statement was a plausible alibi. He claimed the Fire Department pulled the building that day, for immediate safety. Who knows how long it takes to prepare a building for demolition? Who knows that the Fire Department does not do the work of demolition teams? It sounds true enough. Yet there has literally been a decade-long debate over what Silverstein meant by “pull it.” Or rather — what he meant by “it.” Clearly he meant pull something, but what?

When the time came to backpedal on his statement, Silverstein’s office claimed he meant pull the rescue operation — not the building. So let’s pretend that’s what he meant, and reconstruct the sequence of events using that scenario.

The following is a fictionalized, alternative version of events to test the theory.

The attacks happened just before 9 am, WTC 7 was evacuated, and WTC 1 and WTC 2 (the familiar North and South towers) both fell down by 10:30 am. WTC 7 was damaged by debris from the North Tower and there were some fires, but it was a modern steel and concrete skyscraper with numerous safety features, so it was expected to hold up. After all, it supposedly took direct hits from fuel-laden jet planes to knock down WTC 1 and 2.

However, the Fire Department commander was concerned about the fires and the stability of the building. So he called the landlord to check whether he should get his own firefighters out of the building, fearing it might collapse. This insinuates that the Fire Department needed the permission of the landlord, a civilian, on an immediate tactical decision in the face of some imminent safety issue.

Silverstein said, “pull it” [the search and rescue operation]. With that, the firefighters walked out, and everyone watched as the building mysteriously fell to the ground. [End of fictional scenario.]

You would be impressed the lengths to which some have argued — relentlessly, for years — that this is what he meant by “pull it.” Wikipedia has been a particularly intense battle ground, and administrators, for example, have reserved the right to ban users who question this point of view in edits to encyclopedia articles. Others have argued vehemently that as a developer, Silverstein could not be expected to know the terminology of the demolition industry; he merely builds the buildings. However, he does so in a city that’s the demolition capital of the world.

Referring to Silverstein’s use of the term “pull it,” one Wikipedia editor wrote to me, “Any other interpretation of this quote is a fantasy manufactured to fit a preconceived narrative.”

When there is a controversy over what a word means, I learned a while ago to look it up in the dictionary. “Pull” is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as to remove a fixed object from its place, and the term “pull down” is noted as meaning to demolish a building. Ontario-based independent journalist Jeffrey Hill called up Controlled Demolition, Inc., a demolition industry leader which was called in by the federal government to clean up the mess at Ground Zero, and the company told him that the term “pull it” means to demolish a building.

Selma the Pullet, who may hold the key to the mystery of WTC 7. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Remember — Neptune is rising in the chart for the building falling down. There is a veil of confusion and deniability. Even the Wikipedia editor refers to “fantasy,” a pure Neptune keyword. And the 11th house is packed with action in this chart. Whatever is happening is going on in plain sight, such as on BBC World, even if it seems difficult to see. By the way — in 2007, BBC’s editors finally issued a statement.

“We’re not part of a conspiracy,” they reassured the public, writing on the company site. “Nobody told us what to say or do on September 11th. We didn’t get told in advance that buildings were going to fall down. We didn’t receive press releases or scripts in advance of events happening.”

However, they added, “We no longer have the original tapes of our 9/11 coverage (for reasons of cock-up, not conspiracy).”

Oh, I’m happy it was just a cock-up. I would dread to think that BBC could be part of a conspiracy, or that they might delete their files to cover for such an odd occurrence that just happens to unravel so much of the official version of events. But if they reported that WTC 7 had already fallen down, and then it did so 27 minutes later, that just proves my theory that Brits make the best astrologers and psychics. And we should definitely put Jane Stanley to work covering the stock market.

I don’t like conspiracy theories, but in this case, I have my own. Silverstein was actually talking to his wife in that call, and she said, “Larry, what do you want to have for dinner?”

A devoted chicken lover, he said, “Pullet, pullet.”

Yours & truly,



Beyond Astonishing

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

In his New York Times opinion piece, That’s Where the Money Is, award-winning journalist Bob Herbert turned a phrase that gave me pause. “It’s beyond astonishing,” said Herbert, that John Boehner has a chance to become Speaker of the House. While many citizens haven’t the slightest idea who the House Minority Leader is, the notion that they might awaken in November to find him leading the nation’s lawmaking institution is, to me, beyond astonishing indeed. Mincing no words, Herbert went on to describe Boehner as “sleazy” and a “slick, chain-smoking, quintessential influence-peddler.”

Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, center, has used his business ties to become a leading fund-raiser for Republicans. Photo: David Lassman / Post-Standard.

Herbert’s candor surprised and pleased me. Frank assessment of Boehner’s leadership should not be confined to the opinion page. Mainstream media has sidestepped its obligation to denounce views that go over the top, leaving truth-telling to risk-takers like Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, who recently reported on a Palin meet-up that, “The dingbat revolution is nigh.” This is not just an ideological war of words. This is a moment of enormous instability attended by a perfect storm of human petulance, paranoia and neurosis. Orchestrating that movement is a party interested in nothing less than complete power, which makes them, ultimately, ruthless. Mr. Herbert hit the nail right on the head. It’s not too much to name the current leadership of the GOP an extremist movement.

Baggers — the people who earned Taibbi’s comments — have sold themselves to the world as ‘real Americans’, the purest defenders of American values and liberty. They have impressed us with their fury at big, taxing government and captured the media with their passions. Those who are sincere allow an opportunistic political wing to exploit their simplistic idealism. In a reasonable political world, where opposing philosophies wrestle each other to a standstill in round after round of electoral prowess, it would be comforting to think that this season’s minority voter has a taste for something other than snake oil. I am not comforted.

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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, October 8, 2010, #834 – BY ERIC FRANCIS

When you reach a communication impasse, that’s the time to take a new approach. It helps if one declares the impasse. That means admitting you’ve reached a place where you cannot pass through. It’s a kind of stalemate, which is an interesting word as well. The planets look like you’re at such a point, and the best strategy that I see is a change in the overall direction. This might seem like a reversal, but what is described is a reorientation that takes into account elements of the past and needs of the future that are factors in your current get-serious moment. The obstacle is not insurmountable. In fact no matter how heavy or loaded with gravitas the issue may seem, it will yield to communication if both parties can agree on a common goal and a couple of common values. Start there.

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The theme of applied creativity continues this week. It’s one thing to ‘be creative’. It’s another to put the creative mind to work in a constructive way. One thing that will help is shifting your perception from seeking insight into the psychological level of a partnership to the emotional level. The concept applied means that once you have an understanding of how things are, you put that to work right away. That may take some persistence and focus, but it will pay off fairly soon. You may face the perception that you’re up against something much larger than yourself, which will fade once you start to consciously explore the situation for what it is. What seems like a limit or a boundary is really the key to exploration and adventure — and a way to balance your life.

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The key to easing an emotionally challenging situation is by not being so emotional. I’m not suggesting you be cool or chilly, but rather that you take a full-spectrum approach to the question you’re facing. Let’s start with money. What role does that play? Then there is the question of how you handle the impulse by another person to be emotionally independent. Does that turn you on, does it make you insecure or do you have mixed feelings? And how do you feel about having a little more autonomy? One other matter to investigate is how your relationship to authority is influencing your feelings. You may be bringing past feelings about one of your parents into a relationship that wants equanimity and level ground. The power relationship is actually a lot more level than it seems.

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You seem determined to break free of emotional patterns that have served their use. This in turn is leading to a revolution in how you experience yourself, and how you perceive yourself. Granted, it’s a subtle revolution, but there’s no doubt that your perception of yourself is thawing, and as the ice melts, what is emerging is a deeper level of emotional confidence. This may initially be the confidence to stand on your own, and to honor feelings and desires that you’re pretty sure aren’t espoused by most other people. Yet you feel what you feel, and you’re beginning to understand what matters to you. There is little point in trying to convert anyone to your cause. Be available and you will notice that the people who understand are available to you.

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It’s all about ideas. Labor counts, the time you invest counts, but the ideas you have count for a lot more. I suggest you pause if you keep having the same ideas over and over, or if the new editions of the old concept don’t do what they’re supposed to do. There is an ease factor involved, and this is true no matter how large, old or insurmountable a problem seems. Extremely challenging situations sometimes have elegantly simple solutions. I suggest, in exploring the possibilities, that you be driven by your sense of fairness, and that you remember what you’ve learned in the past. It seems that you need to take into account some prior experience or lesson and make sure you extract every bit of value that you can.

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Venus retrograde is suggesting that you account for the ways in which you try to hide your feminine side. For a woman this could mean trying to conform to male values or rules, or to the desires of early caregivers who wanted a boy. For a man this could mean the ways in which so much as being aware of your feminine side can threaten people. If you find yourself asserting your authority, power or sex drive, check for the equal and opposite reaction. For example you may be trying to veil your passivity or desire to be dominated. More likely, you feel two distinct ways: a profound submissiveness and a potent sense of drive. That may be a contradiction you don’t want to talk about, but it’s as natural as the blue sky and the green sea.

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You seem unusually willing to admit something that you cannot usually get a grasp on. Yet for whatever reason, you’ve now got a handle on what it is. It’s almost like catching a dream in a net, or dropping a screen in front of a movie projector. What you have now that you may not have had lately is contrast. This is providing the opportunity to discern what is and is not pleasing to you, and to make some decisions based on what you’re noticing. Contrast is a useful tool, though it implies an exaggeration in perception — so be aware that things that seem off-putting are not as weird as you’re experiencing them, and things that seem appealing are not quite as potent as they appear — but overall your perception is accurate enough to make better decisions than you have in the past.

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What are you obsessing over? It seems like you can’t get your mind off of a mistake you’ve made several times in the past, and that you fear you’re making again. You may be wondering when you’re finally going to learn how to stand up for yourself, or how to change your mind when you find yourself doing something self-destructive or exerting too much energy for very little return. The current episode may be exaggerating your sense of isolation. Yet there is a simple enough lesson available, which is that when you assert yourself, you help yourself get what you want. Asserting yourself is another way of saying that you’re committed to what you want, as evidenced by taking action. Yes, part of you still wants to hesitate, but you cannot do both.

There are certain people who may not agree with you, though I suggest you go mellow on any authority trip and keep a flexible position. Someone you’re in contact with, or are about to be, has an idea, and they want to share it with you. I suggest you not take the role of the older and wiser one who knows more, but rather the wiser one who listens to people with ideas and those who are willing to express them to you. This person could become a good friend, and have a positive influence on your financial fortunes as well. Whether you agree with what you hear or not, I suggest you listen carefully, take it on board and consider what you hear. What’s interesting is that this person isn’t as influenced by certain biases as you are and is likely to be presenting an aware, intelligent point of view.

Take assistance as it’s offered, and as it comes to you. You’ve got a lot of responsibility and you’re handling it beautifully, but you will do better with the right assistance. This is likely to come in the form of information about how to handle a technical matter that you may not be familiar with. On anything involving an international situation, I suggest you get advice about the customs of the country you’re dealing with. What you learn in the next day or two can influence you to alter your longterm plans and expectations, and that would be a positive change. The whole point of knowledge is to take action. There are some parts of your plan that are going brilliantly and others that need revision. Remember not to delay things that are going well, and to take control of whatever you want to reevaluate.

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You’re looking for the balance between what you want and what you must do; between what you inwardly desire and what you’re driven to achieve. This is an emotional state that’s pulling you in a few directions. It may take some time to work this out, and I suggest that you not take any perceived split in your feelings too seriously. You actually have some immediate situation or opportunity to work with, and it may be particularly exciting or a fresh twist on what you can do if you want. The thing is, you may be hesitating because of this emotional split. I suggest you consider the opportunity that seems appealing, and let your deeper stuff work itself out over the next couple of months. Life is an experiment; anything new that you try will give you valuable experience and information, if it feels right at the outset.

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The most interesting aspects in your solar chart — Venus and Mars in Scorpio, and lots of activity in Libra — describe your rapidly evolving ideas around sex, commitment and religion. I suggest that there’s no limit to how thorough you can be evaluating these attributes of your life, because you want to be clear on all of them: such would facilitate your happiness. You need a working concept of relationship that embraces all three and that evaporates the concept of guilt having any value at all. Guilt is merely toxic. As such it is menacing. You have much better alternatives available now, and you have the option to recover parts of yourself that you’ve lost to these useless internal power struggles. Your existence is right. Your relationships are mutual. Desire is beautiful.

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