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Dear Planet Waves Listener:
This week [play episode here] we have a special guest on Planet Waves FM, Sabrina Ourania. She is a women’s health and wellness coach and she has some truly helpful and interesting information to offer, ranging from spirituality to menstruation to dealing with hormonal imbalances.
Before we get there, I consider the dark moment our world is in and do my best to bring it to the light. We’ve all been following the news — The Donald was certified as our next president, there was an assassination of a Russian diplomat in Turkey, and a terrorist attack in Berlin.
My astrology discussion includes the southern solstice and Mercury retrograde in Capricorn.
In a dedicated segment, I consider the Mars-Nessus conjunction, starting with some historical background on the centaurs. Mars-Nessus covers the theme of desire and its relationship to existential shame. This aspect might stir up body or emotional memory of past abuse, and I offer some ideas for how to handle that.
My musical guest is Talking Heads, from their 1979 breakthrough album Fear of Music. This was their first record produced by Brian Eno, and it shows. I’ve carefully selected several tracks that are both listenable and give you a feeling for the whole work, which came out in a time in history not unlike our own.
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On the occasion of the birth anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien, I’m planning a program dedicated to his work and ideas. For today, I’ll leave you with this quote, sent to our editors’ list by Amanda.
‘I wish it need not have happened in my time’, said Frodo.
‘So do I’, said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. And already, Frodo, our time is beginning to look black. The Enemy is fast becoming very strong. His plans are far from ripe, I think, but they are ripening. We shall be hard put to it. We should be very hard put to it, even if it were not for this dreadful chance…’
Keep your focus. Catch you Thursday with your January horoscope and an article about Pluto transits in American history.
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A Note From Your Astrologer
Dear Planet Waves Reader:
How are you doing there?
I know we’re all feeling the pressure and the stress of uncertainty. What you’re feeling is not coming from the news alone. The same cosmic forces, or perhaps timing factors, are acting on everyone and everything. This is not an easy time to keep your head together.
iMac selfie from today in my creative shop, Blue Studio.
It is, however, a deeply important time to keep your heart open and live from your soul.
I’m feeling the pressure in my own way, as someone who not only writes about politics but who translates and clarifies the news, with the assignment of taking it above the level of despair. Because I work for you, I don’t have the luxury of denial.
Just about everyone has reached the saturation point with politics, especially in its current wholly toxic state.
The feeling of being violently pulled from your inner reality has been agonizing. The confrontation with shadow has been extremely challenging. Admitting that, we’re all sitting here watching the world, wondering what’s going to happen. And we all have lives to lead: things we want to do, growth to attend to, people to take care of.
The world may be going insane, though you don’t have to.
It’s taken me a while to work through the pain of the election process and what it means. Gradually I’ve gathered my energy, done some deep healing and focused my mind on your 2017 reading, called The Book of Your Life.
As I go deeper into the astrology, it’s truly been a relief to focus on personal matters, filtering out the madness of the world. The transits we’re experiencing are rich. On one level, we’re being pelted with total chaos in the form of Uranus conjunct Eris. We are learning how to breathe and find ourselves at the bottom of the digital ocean.
This Week on Planet Waves
Monday saw two events of interest happening almost simultaneously. First Mars entered Pisces. Then, 93 minutes later, Mercury stationed retrograde in mid-Capricorn. These are two seemingly separate events related by this unusual synchronicity. What they have in common, as Eric writes, is the theme of honesty.
On Monday, the same day the Electoral College voted, Mercury stationed retrograde. Many people are feeling rather unsettled and many others are reasonably scared. In the full edition, Eric looks at some recent news, as well as the extraordinary astrology, and what all this might mean for the next few weeks.
The Sun aligned with Pholus and the Galactic Center Sunday, just a few days before the solstice and one day before Mercury stationed retrograde. Amanda Painter considers the ways this time of year asks us to notice our connection to something larger, and how our compassion can ripple out far beyond our awareness.
If weather permits, simply watching the Sun either rise or set tomorrow at its southernmost latitude might be one of the most important steps you have ever taken. Today, Len Wallick puts tomorrow’s Capricorn solstice in a context anybody can understand and from which everybody can benefit.
Last Friday would have been Jane Austen’s 241st birthday. A middle-class spinster who was unknown in her lifetime, yet possessed a searing intelligence and wicked wit, Jane penned six novels that have become perennial classics. Amy Elliott celebrates one of her favorite authors with a look at her natal chart.
Today marks the 146th day since Donald Trump last held a news conference. As the Electoral College backs Trump, Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, offers his thoughts. “Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it,” Reich recently wrote.
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