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Integration and a Mercury Station

Posted by Amanda Painter

Editor’s note: this is the full PW members’ edition, featuring your weekly horoscope by Amy Elliott, and Create; Planet Waves FM is on a brief hiatus.

Dear Friend and Reader:

Although the astrology has been relatively quiet this first week following the eclipse season, I’ve definitely noticed a sense of things still feeling unsettled. Some of that may relate to Mercury and Mars still retrograde but nearing their respective direct stations. Some of it could be due to the fact that no matter how pivotal events like eclipses can be, we still have to figure out how to integrate them into the unbroken continuum of our daily lives — and of social contexts with much longer arcs.

Babbling brook at Camp Timber Trails, Tolland, MA. Photo by Amanda Painter.

For its part, Mercury will station direct in Leo this Sunday, Aug. 19, at 12:25 am EDT (4:24:38 UTC). Mars, which is now in late Capricorn, will station direct eight days later, on Monday, Aug. 27.

Both planets are slow right now, which according to astrological tradition, means they’re more powerful. This does not mean that they ‘make you do things’, but more that their significance is heightened. Slow, powerful, stormy Mercury may churn something up so that it comes more clearly to your attention; determined-but-frustrated stormy Mars could be asking you to understand your motivation and desires with absolute clarity before you charge ahead with them.

Inner planets stationing direct — along with events like eclipses — are often key times to notice themes in world events. Even if you’re not sure there’s a strong thematic link, it can be worthwhile to notice what grabs your attention and the headlines. I must confess, last week I just could not bring myself to deal with the news, despite that kind of contextualization being a hallmark of Planet Waves astrology writing. But as this week has progressed, a few particular stories have caught my eye.

Given how much news coverage is about disasters, it’s no surprise that many of the items I noticed are not uplifting — though there are a couple. Take, for example, reports on Wednesday that the last of Puerto Rico’s homes have had electricity restored.

Why the return of electricity to this small area took nearly an entire year — Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck in September 2017 — could take an entire essay. Also, one has to wonder if the restoration would still be ongoing if so many Puerto Rican residents had not relocated to the U.S. mainland in the aftermath. As it is, NPR and CNN report that residents in El Yunque National Forest in the island’s northeast are still awaiting electricity, “because of a back-and-forth with the U.S. Forest Service and PREPA” (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority). The irony of this timing, which comes just as the Caribbean’s annual hurricane season is gearing up, is not lost on those who live there.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

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If on some level, you feel that there is something genuinely at a point of beginning about your whole life, I would suggest that this is a very accurate perception. Beginnings of any kind will be greatly rewarded for you now, so enter them with confidence. In the spheres of mystical astrology, there is a symbol which summarizes your place on the path at this time.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

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It would be difficult for you to say everything you need to say but you can say some of it. It would help if you could sort out what you need to speak and write versus where you need to go; it’s quite possible you could save yourself some steps. It would be worthwhile to economize because there are some very nice places you can visit right now.

Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin Offered to Post Bail For Me, Saying “Black People Will Be Free”

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In 1970, Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis, who was jailed on trumped-up charges. Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine in 1970, “My daddy says I don’t know what I’m doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I’m going to stick by my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free.”

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

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If any relationship situation seems to be calling for a sacrifice of some kind forget it. It’s not true. You have plenty to give and you will benefit from giving it. But whoever is on the receiving end will receive a gift far more important than you can imagine. You also have very little you actually need right now — your own requirements are quite well taken care of.

“This Church Is a Criminal Enterprise”: Former Priest & Survivor Speak Out on PA Catholic Sex Abuse

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In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report has revealed that more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused 1,000 children, and possibly thousands more, over seven decades, and that church leadership covered up the abuse.

Integration and a Mercury Station

Posted by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter

Although the astrology has been relatively quiet this first week following the eclipse season, Amanda Painter has noticed things still feeling unsettled. Some of that may relate to Mercury and Mars still retrograde but nearing their respective direct stations (Mercury stations on Sunday), along with a post-eclipse integration period.