The Elements of Worldly and Spiritual Strength

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It’s often been said that when the student is ready, the teacher arrives — and in that spirit, I’m here to introduce you to Kasia Urbaniak. A former dominatrix who was once paid $64,000 for a ten-minute session (her job while putting herself and her sister through university), Kasia now teaches women’s empowerment workshops. Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM is a double-header, wherein two full segments are devoted to a conversation I had with Kasia last night. That segment begins at 1 hour and 40 minutes if you want to skip right to it.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

It’s often been said that when the student is ready, the teacher arrives — and in that spirit, I’m here to introduce you to Kasia Urbaniak. A former dominatrix who was once paid $64,000 for a ten-minute session (her job while putting herself and her sister through university), Kasia now teaches women’s empowerment workshops.

Kasia Urbaniak. Visit her website here.

Not the precious kind. Not the socially appropriate kind. Not the political kind, or the politically correct kind.

Rather, she takes women through a process that addresses the elements of actual worldly and spiritual strength: being in your body and your voice, speaking your truth, standing boldly in your sexuality, taking command of money, and understanding the strength of your motivations and focused intention.

Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here] is a double-header, wherein two full segments are devoted to a conversation I had with Kasia last night. That segment begins at 1 hour and 40 minutes if you want to skip right to it.

Before we get there, I look at the current astrology, including three inner planets changing signs, and Friday’s Full Moon in Sagittarius. That ties into the political event of the season: James Comey, who was recently fired as director of the FBI, will be testifying before congress Thursday morning, one day ahead of the Full Moon — and that says impact.

I look at two other news events: Kathy Griffin holding up an effigy of the bloody head of Donald Trump, which I take as an invocation of Kali; and the recent attack in London, which I look at in terms of figure and background.

Bob Dylan, left, with Robbie Robertson performing at Winterland, for The Last Waltz concert in 1976.

The Galactic Core is rising in that chart, and what we have is the problem of something so wide, you can’t get around it — and something that’s now so pervasive, it promises to disappear.

Our musical accompaniment on this adventure is Bob Dylan, who recently turned 76 years old, and who just this week released his lecture for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Tonight, we meet Bob in his incarnation as rocker, experiencing some fantastic live moments; and as English professor, talking about the literary influences that shaped him as a lyricist. I’ve selected the portion where he talks about Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

Selections are from his older work, though with some ripping live performances, and two selections from the film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

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One version of a representation of Kali; she’s sometimes depicted with blue skin.

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Kathy Griffin, introducing Donald Trump to the Kali archetype.

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Attention Geminis: Your ruling planet, Mercury, has finally come home to your sign tonight. Celebrate by listening to last year’s Gemini reading, on us. Think of it as a ‘welcome home’ gift.

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As Eric points out in Thursday’s edition, what we think of as news coverage gives no hint how to process the material spiritually, or how to respond any other way. We’re confronted, ongoing, by a global crisis that we cannot ignore, but that for many reasons, we must put aside. Instead, we must attend to our inner state.

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6 thoughts on “The Elements of Worldly and Spiritual Strength

  1. Glen Young

    The dynamics of Power: so interestingly explained by Kasia (during a Sun Ceres conjunction); in the songs by Bob Dylan; in the invocation of the Kali archetype by Kathy Griffin. Also, thanks for the meaning of a conjunction as a point of concentrated power. With a natal conjunction in the 4th house (Ceres/Venus) as part of a stellium (Neptune Ceres Venus Saturn and Black Moon Lilith), its undeniable. In “A Colony in a Nation” (a Chris Hayes book), of how toxic power is used, which has divided America in two; is tragic in its victimization, and the powerlessness/woundedness of many feelings this has cause; that Ms Urbaniak has so explicitly detail’s in its many forms (in her world and ours), as being a bad dom.

  2. Cheryl Corson

    Loved the introduction to Kasia and her work. The Tao & Dom go together in my mind now! Loved hearing her distinguish between force and influence. Many good ideas. And music. Thank you from your Brooklyn-born friend.

  3. Sarah McCulloch

    Hi Eric,

    Hearing you express your feelings in this edition gave me the kick in the pants to write, something I’m guilty of rarely doing. My Aquarius Moon is not very highly evolved, I guess, leading to a tendency to be a loner and not join the group. But I could heard so much pain in this discussion and I feel terrible that I haven’t contributed to making this more than a purely one-sided relationship where I know a lot about you and never call back through the void.

    I really appreciate all that you do AND who you are. I love your show and listen religiously, both for the astrology and also for your intelligent discussion. You are a rare man from my vantage point and I often think I wish I knew such a mature, together man. I would love to have you as a friend and I honestly have never met someone like you. So I guess I have put you up on a pedestal as a rare bird who lives too far away to actually know.

    I’m sorry for not reaching out sooner and sending you appreciation. It’s coming from a place of thinking “oh he doesn’t need to hear from me” But you do. I’m very aware of how much you give and it enriches my life tremendously. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Much love,
    Sarah

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