The Astrology of Wake Up and Pay Attention

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What we’re seeing and feeling in the world is related to Mars (still barely advancing in longitude, after the long retrograde) hanging out in a seemingly endless aspect to Uranus-Eris. It’s shaking the world and driving the message: wake up and pay attention. Tonight’s edition comes with two classic songs from what most people call Bob Dylan’s protest era; I call it his journalism era.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

Events of the past week have been inspiring — such as to make a pillow fort at the back of your closet and hang out with your cat.

What we’re seeing and feeling in the world is related to Mars (still barely advancing in longitude, after the long retrograde) hanging out in a seemingly endless aspect to Uranus-Eris.

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Hattie Carroll was murdered by William Zantzinger in 1963. She was memorialized in a Bob Dylan song bearing her name.

It’s shaking the world and driving the message: wake up and pay attention.

Mars quincunx Uranus is exact Thursday, and it’s pulling unpleasant facts of life into focus. It’s also a rare kind of inspiration to make changes based on what you actually see and notice.

Tonight’s edition [play episode here] comes with two classic songs from what most people call Bob Dylan’s protest era; I call it his journalism era.

I play and tell the stories behind “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” and “Only a Pawn in Their Game,” which references the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. I work with these songs as reference points in history, as a reminder that none of these issues are new. But we need to think in new ways, getting a message that was urgent and essential half a century ago when Dylan first wrote and performed them.

I make the connection between the stolen election of 2000, the 9/11 incident and subsequent wars, and the police brutality that we are witnessing here in the United States.

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Thank you for tuning in.

With love,

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Dear Leo Sun, Rising or Moon:

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This can be complex territory, and Eric will be covering it (and much more) in your 2016-17 Birthday Reading.

On one level, you are being called to see and feel.

Feel your vulnerability; feel the structures of your life and how they are changing. Feel the new understanding you have in scenarios that have been gathering, brewing and building for years now.

Regarding the sex and relationship area of your life, Eric wrote this to Leos earlier in the year: “Whatever may be the relationship scenario in your life, the sexual scenario could be profound.” He added, “Many signs and elements of your charts indicate deep, complex interactions with others. The foundation, the trunk and roots of the fruit-bearing tree, is in the relationship that you have with yourself.”

But your relationships with others and how you feel toward yourself are only parts of your story, foundational as they may be. Your career, your service to your community, your resources, your healing journey and creativity — all of these facets of life and more combine to make you who you are.

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Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
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3 thoughts on “The Astrology of Wake Up and Pay Attention

  1. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Eric: Even though it was not your focus, thoughts of Chiron kept coming up for me as i listened to you eloquently make a strong case for the Uranus-Eris conjunction, and its aspect with Mars. The same thoughts continued while listening to Dylan. Thinking about how both you and Dylan appreciate subtlety and employ nuance, and how that relates to how Chiron manifests. Not as a slogan, a soundbite, or easy answers to complex issues, but a reflection of the complex, holistic nature of reality. Not a harsh “wake up” call at all. Rather an inspiration, taken with appreciation.

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