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The War Goes On

Dear Friend and Reader:

I caught the rerun of Pres. Obama’s Wednesday night speech on MSNBC at about 3 am Thursday. By then it was already the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 incident, and I was watching the announcement of a new phase of a war — the perfect commemoration.

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Pres. Obama announces a new phase of war on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. This was on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — timing that seems well planned for emotional impact.

Part of my consciousness was still in the dreamtime as I watched. I observed as Pres. Obama began as he usually does, calm and measured, and I followed his logic thinking he was being pretty convincing, at least for the first couple of minutes.

Even when I am observing something I think I might not like, I try to keep my mind open and suspend judgment. So I gave him a chance to persuade me.

Then as his speech proceeded, I noticed that something seemed to unravel. Though he spoke for only 13 minutes, he seemed to go on without end. Imagine the feeling of crossing a bridge, but as you cross, the bridge stretches out farther and farther ahead — that is how it felt.

I listened as he offered endless rationalizations for why he was leading the United States into another war with an amorphous terrorist threat allegedly developing more than 10,000 kilometers away. He did not mention that only two Americans have so far been killed by this new enemy.

The topic was outlining his strategy about something called ISIL, ISIS or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, described as a morph of a terrorist organization and a vast bureaucracy (stretching across the Iraq-Syria border, and potentially as far south as Greece depending on who you believe). The Islamic State, sometimes called a caliphate, allegedly spans from a ‘national’ level down to various local authorities.

“Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Pres. Obama said. He compared them to cancer cells and vowed to get every last person involved.

ISIL terrorists/bureaucrats are reputed for their professionally videotaped beheadings, crucifixions and various attacks on local populations. We keep being told they are outfitted with large amounts of American equipment that was left behind after troops were withdrawn from Iraq, giving them something in common with the Ferguson, Missouri, police department — lots of Army surplus gear.

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Images of alleged ISIL or ISIS warriors are frightening to children and other Americans, especially if we’re told they will soon be here. Most Americans seem to support fighting them. Photo via Iran View website.

Obama went on. “Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

Gradually the scene started to feel, and appear, surreal. I kept looking into Obama’s face on my television and the presidential facade become transparent. His voice became thin and unconvincing. He seemed meeker and smaller than an ordinary man. He looked like someone, not really the president but vaguely resembling him, put in front of the audience as a spokesman for something or someone else. Then suddenly I could barely recognize him.

When he ended with, “God bless our troops, and God bless America,” I felt like I flashed back to seeing George W. Bush and they morphed into the same person.

That he announced this new military effort on the eve of the anniversary makes it difficult to miss the irony, or the synchronicity, or the reminder, or the careful planning, associated with the 9/11 anniversary — the same incident that in 2003 was falsely used to start another phase of the endless war with or in Iraq. Only now the United States will also be fighting in Syria, which has been a bloody mess since Arab Spring.

New York Times writer Peter Baker put it eloquently when he said Thursday, “After years of trying to avoid entangling the United States in another ‘dumb war’, as he called the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Mr. Obama is now plunging the United States into the middle of one of the world’s bloodiest, most vicious and fratricidal conflicts,” by which he means Syria.

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Remember Dubya?

In the morning, I flipped on the TV again to check out coverage of the 9/11 anniversary and early on was greeted by pomp and pageantry. MSNBC has a tradition of rerunning its original coverage from that day, which always surprises me when they do that. It surprises me because that old footage reveals so much.

Last year I watched astonished as NBC news reporter Pat Dawson described explosions in the World Trade Center right before the towers collapsed. Albert Turi, chief safety officer for the New York City Fire Department, heard these explosions and proposed that morning that there were explosives planted in the towers.

Today on the original footage replay I heard NBC’s chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski describe an explosion, not an airplane crash, into the building where his office was located. He described the acrid, pungent smell that soaked the air, which he compared to the strange smell you get when a flourescent light ballast burns out. Others had described a smell similar to the explosive cordite.

The reason these contemperaneous reports are signficiant is that they contain forgotten information that is today considered the stuff of conspiracy theories. It is accepted dogma that there was a plane crash at the Pentagon despite the obvious lack of wreckage or any damage reminiscent of such a crash.

In late 2002, NPR reporter Steve Inskeep personally told me he was called to the scene of an explosion at the Pentagon and saw no evidence of an airplane crash when he arrived about 10 minutes after it happened, with the Pentagon facade still standing intact.

It’s considered absurd by most people that explosives were used to bring down the towers, or that the plane crash at the Pentagon was staged — or not an airplane but a missile. Yet for clues, all you have to do is go back and listen to what was being reported before the spin machine took control and the name Osama bin Laden was floated as the perpetrator.

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NBC News reporter Pat Dawson speaking a few blocks north of the World Trade Center site on the morning of Sept. 11. Watch the video here.

I have covered the problems with the official version of the 9/11 attacks many times. You can read about this in Were It So, The Gingerbread House, History, Turning on a Phrase, and Not Just a River in Belgium.

Between these four articles you will get a sense of the problems with the official version of events. If you have not consciously gone there before, it’s not easy to wrap your head around. In the article Not Just a River in Belgium I transcribe interviews with several psychologists who particpated in an excellent documentary prepared by Architects and Engineeers for 9/11 Truth, produced by people who design and build skyscrapers. You can watch a shortened version of their documentary Explosive Evidence here.

Do a little research and you can see Larry Silverstein, the owner of World Trade 7, admit on a PBS special that the building was intentionally demolished. I have saved two DVD copies of this documentary purchased directly from PBS.

You can hear New York City firefighters who were there at the time describe molten steel in the wreckage of the Twin Towers. In an ordinary jet crash there is nothing hot enough to melt steel, much less make it flow like lava.

It’s easy to find a plan prepared by a bunch of future Bush administration people who predict “some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor” early in the 21st century, which will lead to a multi-front war. But as one friend who prefers the official version of events wrote to me, “I am not sure of the relevance unless you are insinuating the possibility of either inside info or complicity, both of which are so preposterous as to be beyond laughable.”

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For about half an hour on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon showed only fire damage, and a hole through several layers of the building’s ring structure. You can see no evidence of an airplane crash, and no wreckage from a jet liner. Then the facade collapsed.

I have listened to what plenty of 9/11 truth advocates have to say. Perhaps the most interesting thing any of them have done is to interview psychologists to help us understand why people have this kind of reaction.

In the documentary Explosive Evidence, you get to see a lot of scientific evidence as to why steel-framed skyscrapers don’t just fall down at near-freefall speed even if they are badly damaged.

Then they let us hear from people who can help explain why people are so resistant to these ideas. I will quote from my transcript of the film, previously quoted in Not Just a River in Belgium. You can hear the audio from this section of the film in this edition of Planet Waves FM.

Robert Hopper, another clinical psychologist, added: “Many people respond to these truths in a very deep way. Some have a visceral reaction like they’ve been punched in the stomach. To begin to accept the possibility that the government was involved, it’s like opening Pandora’s box. If you open the lid and peek in a little bit, it’s going to challenge some of your fundamental beliefs about the world.”

Dorothy Lorig, a counseling psychologist, put it this way. “If we can think of our world view as being sort of our mental and emotional home, I think all of us will do just about anything to defend our homes, to defend our families. So I see that with people, and I saw that with myself when my brother tried to talk with me about it. Don’t mess with me, don’t mess with my home, don’t mess with my comfort with how things are.

“About a week later, I read a lengthy article by Prof. [David Ray] Griffin about why he believes the official account of 9/11 cannot be true. It was a very well-researched article. It was in my office at the time, I sat there and I felt my stomach churning. I thought maybe I was going to be sick. And I leaped out of my chair and ran out the door and took a long walk around the block, around several blocks, and just broke down.”

Lorig continued, “I understand now that what was happening was my world view about my government being in some way my protector, almost like a parent, had been dashed, and it was like being cast out into the wilderness. I think it’s the closest way to describe that feeling. And I sobbed and I sobbed, felt the ground had completely disappeared beneath my feet, and I knew at some point during the walk that I knew that I was going to have to become active in educating other people about this. That for me to retain any sense of integrity I was going to have to take some action. I couldn’t just let something like this go.”

She gets both sides of the problem — accepting any of these ideas changes your world view and compels you to take action. You cannot just let it go. You cannot see the world the same way after you start to consider the evidence of what may have happened. This is the whole point.

There’s also something about whether you trust your intelligence or trust authority, even if what you’re told makes no sense. You don’t need to be an expert to see the problems with the official story, you just need to look. As I have written before, this is not about accepting a conspiracy theory. It’s about debunking one.

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If you are curious about what the astrology says about this, here is a clear, short and simple article I wrote some years ago that explains the chart for the 9/11 incident.

You may wonder why it’s necessary to consider any of this. I think it’s as simple as making a sincere effort at understanding the truth, and not being obedient to what we are ordered by authority to believe, especially at the point of a gun. Remember that the 9/11 attacks have been used to justify vast rollbacks of our precious American freedom, including implementing the surveillance state that for years has been tracking our every thought.

I don’t think it was a coincidence that news of the Next War was dropped on us on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary. From a public relations standpoint, it was perfect timing, and it fit the same pattern of using the pain of this blight on our lives and on American history to falsely justify yet more murder and death, conducted in your name, supposedly to protect you from something that has never actually threatened you. And something that was created by the last war commenced under the same pretext.

We may not have the power to do anything about this, though we certainly have the power to choose what to accept into our minds. Spiritual growth involves the cultivation of discernment, mature thinking and developing a tropism for the truth. If the concept ‘freedom’ has any meaning at all, I would say that it begins here.


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Fire on Fire: Mars ingresses Sagittarius

Mars enters Sagittarius Saturday at 5:57 pm EDT, after about a month and a half in Scorpio. Sagittarius is a fire sign — and Mars is a fiery energy. If Mars in Scorpio was the slow burn, or the sense of dropping deep into the erotic magma at your core, Mars in Sagittarius is about fanning that heat out into the world.

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Smoke tornadoes as ‘the man’ burns at Burning Man 2012. Where will your adventure lead you? Photo by Amanda Painter.

It’s about letting something ignite within you that can translate your more idealistic desires and sense of soul-purpose into some tangible adventure. You’re being invited to go beyond your known borders in a bold and adventurous way — whatever that boils down to for you.

But the realization of a sense of purpose in life can feel terrifying. Because once you own that, you begin to run out of excuses for not getting down to business living it. What if the sky’s message is that the current adventure ahead of you has a clear purpose and as much assurance of success as is possible? Will you choose your direction, go forward, and keep going forward? Do you trust what you want?

Note that as soon as Mars enters Sagittarius it will be closing in on a square to Neptune in Pisces.

Mars square Neptune is partly a caution to be honest with yourself and wary of self-delusion in your motives — that is, to be wary of ‘wants’ that are really just distractions. It’s also a reminder to keep careful tabs on your alcohol and drug use. On a more metaphysical level, Mars-Neptune is a good reason to keep your energetic/psychic boundaries strong and to stay in clear psychic integrity.

But Mars square Neptune has incredible creative potential, too. And in a sense, creativity is delusional. That’s the whole idea. It’s not supposed to make perfect sense or be practical. Any relationship into which you channel your creative fire, regardless of its label (work, love, play, etc.), is about to get a real lift.

As it does, you may very well find your voice in a way that is close to your heart. Not in the pages of your journal or the confines of your imagination, but out there — in your community.

Amanda Painter with Eric Francis



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Don’t be fooled by the derelict remnants of the house in the background; wholeness, not the apocalypse, is at hand — if you’re willing to see it. Image: video still from “Why I Think This World Should End.”

The Path Towards a New Beginning

By Amanda Painter

As Mars enters Sagittarius this weekend, prodding us toward adventure in the wider world and perhaps the more lofty philosophical or spiritual pursuits that sign can represent, check out the work of Missouri rapper Prince Ea.

Ea came to my attention this week by way of his video of what no one wants to say about Ferguson, which has gone viral on Facebook. From there, I found his spoken-word piece “Why I Think This World Should End.” Don’t get hung up on the unlikely title; Ea’s message is love of the universal variety — the kind we only recognize when we shift our gaze away from external differences and look deep within ourselves.

As he says in his video:

Robert Kennedy once said that
Few will have the greatness to bend history
But each of us can work to change a small portion of events
And in the total of all those acts
Will be written the history of a generation
So yes, the world is coming to an end
And the path towards a new beginning starts within you
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Live, Call-In Pisces Full Moon Edition of Planet Waves FM

This week’s edition is a replay of Monday night’s live call-in edition, which took place during the Pisces Full Moon. There are no musical breaks, just a lot of dialog between me and PW FM listeners. We touch on many subjects, from astrology, to relationship choices (including a long discussion of what polyamory is and is not), a personal injury lawsuit, how to use Chiron and the coming lunar eclipse in Aries.



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Your Monthly Horoscopes — and our Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscopes for September published Friday, Aug. 28. We published your extended monthly horoscopes for August Thursday, July 24. We also published your Inner Space horoscope for September Tuesday, Sept. 2. Moonshine horoscopes for the Pisces Full Moonpublished Sunday, Sept. 7. Please note, we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.



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Weekly Horoscope for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, #1015 | By Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — You’re being invited to go beyond your known borders in a bold and adventurous way. You seem to have had more than enough with being confined in a partnership or contractual situation, and you’re figuring out that you have much broader horizons than you’ve acknowledged any time recently. You are under no obligation to live the way you lived in the past, following rules that you followed in the past. Yet rather than throw anything (or everything) to the four winds, I suggest you at least state your position clearly to whom it may concern. You do not need permission from anyone else, though you will benefit from the integrity that comes from speaking your truth and not leaving anyone guessing, blaming themselves or blaming you. Of course you cannot control that entirely, but you can have a positive influence and keep your karma positive.

Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — What matters is not the form of a relationship but rather the creative fire that it contains. You may have lost sight of that recently, though you are now being reminded of what is so often neglected. This takes more devotion than most mortals are willing to invest into their journeys with others, and consistency that is rare to find. Yet I suggest you remember that ultimately this is not about a relationship; it’s about you, your integrity and your commitment to life. Unusual, unexpected things happen when you take the chance of asserting your soul, though it’s best not to expect them but rather allow your clarity of purpose to be its own reward. Keep your focus and remember to stay true to yourself first, and to what you want, second. From this space, when passion takes hold, it does so in a much more reliable way.

Gemini (May 20- June 21)

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Next to self-esteem, I think that trust is the most pressing issue facing Western society. Indeed, this may be a global issue, though I think of it more as a problem of those who have the option not to trust and still make it through the day, which is our story here in the lavishly wealthy part of the world. One thing people tend not to trust is when someone desires them, or makes a direct approach of some kind. If that happens over the next few days, will you meet the person face to face, or will you bob and weave, and avoid the encounter? Remember, you are required neither to make nor accept any promises. You only need to trust enough to learn more. I suggest you go through a few layers of experience rather than allowing yourself to be turned off at the first meager question or appearance that does not fit your idea of who someone is supposed to be. Stay around long enough to find out.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Now is the time to get serious about a health issue, or your overall state of fitness. Move gently through any resistance, which may come in the form of inertia — or fear. You may experience some confusion early in the process, but that will give way to recognizing the integrity of what you are doing. Remember that there is no physical situation that is not connected to some underlying spiritual and/or emotional state, so know what your real goal is. A similar scenario will hold true for work-related matters. This is the time to motivate yourself to do your very best work. The challenges you meet will be more than compensated by a boost to your self-esteem every time you get a job done well. So don’t waste any time doubting. Be confident in your talents and trust your motivation. Meet any doubt with a positive attitude and sense of adventure, and be eager to see what is around every corner.

Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Creativity is delusional. That’s the whole idea. It’s not supposed to make perfect sense or be practical. It’s a kind of impassioned fantasy, or journey begun with an unknown destination. One vital element of creative exploration is that you allow it to be pointless, seemingly for its own sake, or for a diversion. Then refinement comes later; that requires a different kind of discipline, a shift in viewpoint and ongoing review. Yet that is not the heart of the matter, the thing with no substitute. The core is allowing yourself that space of freedom from some worldly intention other than to allow your ideas to flow. It’s true that some artists and musicians get lost in this aspect of the work, and never get to the refinement stage. For now, don’t worry about that. Other aspects suggest you will focus that level of activity, and that you will be able to connect this to your vocational or business plan.

Virgo Birthday Reading Just Published: Free Audio Preview

Dear Virgo Sun or rising:

Summer may be winding down, but your solar year is only just beginning. Eric has just published your Virgo birthday reading — and a free audio preview. Actually this is a bit more than a preview — it’s a 15-minute mini-reading that gives you many details of what you get in the full product. Eric’s birthday readings work beautifully for your rising sign as well, so if you’re Virgo rising, you’re invited to take advantage of some helpful, eloquent and spot-on astrology.

Your reading includes a live question-and-response session with Eric (date TBA), archived in case you cannot make the live event. These conference calls have been a productive and fun way to learn about astrology and how it affects us. You also get access to last year’s reading to check Eric’s accuracy, and to review the past few seasons. In addition, your reading includes an extended written sign description.

The current price is now $49.95 and gives you instant access to your reading. If you’re not a Virgo, this will make a beautiful, lasting and valued gift for any Virgo in your life.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter


Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — You must be cautious of the self-critical qualities of Virgo for the next few days, lest they undo something that could work out brilliantly for you. If you find you’re taking yourself apart in any way that feels unpleasant or like it’s the return of an old habit, pause and shift the narrative. The problem with self-criticism is that you can pawn it off on yourself as some form of improvement. However, that is rarely true, and when it is true, it will last for about five minutes maximum before you take constructive action or engage in a healing process. But there is something suspect about any self-judgment that comes up for you now, especially if it arrives in the form of needing to be more spiritual, or needing to focus more. The real themes of your chart are keeping an open mind and encouraging forgiveness, of yourself and of others. This is a fine line to walk — keep your eyes and ears open.

Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Don’t get too caught up in plans and strategizing — plenty more useful information is about to emerge, timed approximately with the Sun’s arrival in your sign in just over one week, followed by a magnificent New Moon. You may, however, be obsessed with one particular plan that seems like exactly the right thing to do, and it may be. I suggest, in that case, that you make a generous list of everything you don’t know and keep all of that in mind. As long as you know you don’t know, you will be on solid ground. Remember that idea: the key to knowing is to know when you don’t know, and to the best extent you can, to know what information you are missing. Then be patient, and pay attention to what comes your way. Once you structure your learning process, you magnify its power, and make more efficient use of the information that comes to you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — I’m here today to remind you of something the magnificent Lois Rodden, one of the great astrologers of our lifetime, once said to me. Mercury, she said, is often considered the money planet (mainly since it’s associated with merchants and commerce), but for money, the planet you really want on your side is Mars. The reason for that is because making money requires motivation and focused intention. Mars is about to ingress Sagittarius, your house of available resources (the 2nd house), and that will provide just those elements. Yet there is one caveat — that your mode of creating resources be connected to your soul-level mission, or what most people would think of as your true values. I’ll say this another way. You’re about to get a serious boost in your money-creating power and for it to work well for you and for everyone else, focus that energy on doing the right thing. You know what it is.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Mars ingressing your sign on Saturday will, at least, demonstrate that your worst fears were not true. At best, you will focus your goals with new commitment and determination. While Sagittarius is associated with many things, remember that its deeper meaning is the one-pointed determination to follow your highest calling and to get the job done. Sagittarius at its best brooks no distraction, no competition, no compromises. Mars, which itself carries the symbol of focused determination — the same arrow that appears in the Sagittarius glyph — emboldens that whole program of getting the job done. On the physical plane and especially on our planet, you need this kind of strength and focus to cut through the nearly limitless bullshit that is flying around, and to avoid the many diversions that prevent most progress. You certainly have an adventure ahead — though one with a clear purpose and as much assurance of success as is possible. Choose your direction. Go forward, and keep going forward.

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — People respect you in a way that you may not fully understand. Yet you may be receiving the message that you must set an example for others. Remember that such an example does not imply that you must be pure, or practice chastity, or deny that you have feelings and attachments. I suggest you focus the experience of your full humanity into what you offer the world, and draw strength from having no fear of controversy whatsoever. It is true that at this time in your life, you are creating an ever-greater impact on the world around you, and part of how you’re doing that is through focusing your sincerity. This is not an option. It’s not a frill. It’s an evolutionary imperative, and at its core is your ability to be real with yourself at all times. So accept no excuses, and grant yourself no casual exceptions. Progress is at stake –- of a rare kind, available in this moment.

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You seem to be finding your voice, in a way that is close to your heart — in your community. There are many ways to define community these days; this would seem to be the one that you consider your spiritual home, or your primary tribe. You have been unusually reserved, cautious or conservative in recent times of your life, and you are now being invited to step into a far more visible role, standing up for some cause, commitment or mission that you may have been reluctant to speak about in the past. You may feel vulnerable doing this, though I assure you that you are standing on a deep foundation, and that unlike most people, your leadership is grounded on the strength of your moral authority. I don’t say this lightly and I suggest you not take it lightly — and not let that stop you from going past your previous limits and taking a genuine risk for what is truly a worthwhile cause.

Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — I have never seen the word “achievement” in any textbook description of Pisces, which demonstrates why we need better sources than those books. Yet this quality — of aspiration, motivation, determination — is written all over the charts of Pisces because you have Sagittarius in your 10th house of reputation, profession and authority. Mars is about to cross the cusp of that house, and that is putting you in the mood to accomplish great things. This you will do, if you remember your highest goals and put integrity above appearance. Take no shortcuts to success, and make sure that you’re available and accountable for your decisions. There’s an element of this that may conflict with your image as a sensitive, empathic person. In truth there is no conflict between these elements of who you are, but just in case, the solution is to focus on the quality of your work, never compromising, and making sure you push the opportunity to have that work seen by as many people as possible.


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Not Just a River in Belgium

Dear Friend and Reader:

For the first time, the United States experienced a terrorist attack on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, incident. This happened at an American consulate (not an embassy, but the extension of one) in allegedly newly democratized Libya. The attack killed the venerated American ambassador to that country, J. Christopher Stevens, three of his staff members and a number of Libyan guards who tried to save his life. Stevens felt safe in Benghazi, which we’re being told is why he didn’t ask for a stronger security detail.

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“Hero” by Charlie Lemay.

As events of the week developed, other U.S. embassies came under attack, including in Egypt and Yemen. As of press time, American and German embassies in the Sudan were also affected by protests or attacks — all supposedly in reaction to a film that insults Mohammed, which I will get into in a moment. [One problem with the Egypt scenario is that the embassy in Cairo is located on a street that is blocked off by tanks and barbed wire. Our correspondent who was just there writes, “I’m not sure how the protesters got past these guys, unless (Pres. Mohammed) Morsi let them.”]

What we’re witnessing is an eruption of the Uranus-Pluto square, which gets more interesting next week. Seen another way, it’s the latest episode in a kind of trumped-up pseudo war between certain factions in the United States and certain Muslim factions — a war that’s been going strong since the American embassy in Iran was seized in 1979, and which is now business as usual.

I describe it as ‘trumped-up’ and ‘pseudo’ because what we’re seeing, and being told, seems propagated. When I listen for three minutes running, everything starts to sound like an excuse or bad explanation, fogging over what agendas are operating under the surface.

There’s a way to make the various narratives make sense, though there are many facts missing, and indeed the whole thing has become something susceptible to numerous opportunistic agendas that are inserting themselves into the situation. My agenda is what you could call Amerocentric, because I’m interested in the United States taking responsibility for its conduct in the Middle East. I would also caution against the ruse of religion that we’re being told is motivating events, as I described last week.

The modern history of the Middle East, and the involvement of the U.S. there, also makes me suspicious. For example: when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were ‘elected’ in 1980, it was with the help of the Iranians who were holding the American embassy and its infidels hostage in the name of Allah. The Reagan campaign cut an arms-for-hostages deal that included having the hostages held until Reagan was in office (they were released during the inauguration).

Then early in the Reagan-Bush administration, weapons were sold by the U.S. government to the Islamist Iranian militants newly in control of the country. The profits were used to fund the CIA-backed and trained militants in Nicaragua called the Contras, whom Congress had cut off and banned from funding. That sounds like a wild conspiracy theory; it became known as the Iran-Contra scandal.

Remember proud, tall Lt. Col. Ollie North and his lovely secretary, Fawn Hall, and her stash of government-sponsored lingerie and crates of shredded government documents? The good, the bad and the ugly? The ‘bitter bile’ in the throat of Mr. Reagan, when he claimed to have just found out? Col. North getting fired, and the forced resignations of Bud McFarlane and Cap Weinberger? And Old Ronnie Ray Guns mysteriously not getting impeached? (That batch of Republicans learned a lot from Watergate.)

At the time, the U.S. was official enemies with Iran and official allies with Iraq (meditate on that, Grasshopper), which two countries were themselves engaged in a long, vicious war — the now nearly forgotten Iran-Iraq War. The U.S. was arming both sides, selling weapons to its friend Iraq above the table (which we later accused them of having) and to its enemy Iran under the table, using the profits to wage war in Central America. I think we have to be careful in interpreting the current situation in light of this kind of convoluted agenda.

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“Beyond” by Charlie Lemay.

Just a few years later, the same administration — now with Pappy Bush as president — would bomb its old friend Iraq in Operation Desert Storm, leaving Saddam in place for future use.

A decade later, under the command of Baby Bush and his boss Dick Cheney, we were back, getting revenge for 9/11 against the people who didn’t do it — and that Iraq war has not, in truth, ended. It’s still being fought by American mercenaries known politely as contractors, provided by companies which are being paid vast amounts of money. That motive is enough to perpetuate wars, whatever the apparent conflict, or the excuse to wage them, may be.

I believe that we’re now witnessing another chapter in that pseudo war, the kind of conflict wherein you have no idea what the issues are, or who is on what side, or whose side — the kind of war that George Orwell wrote about in 1984, when the enemy changes in the middle of the newscast, mid-sentence. If you take a longish view of history, this particular Christian v. Muslim saga goes back further: the tribes of Abraham have been bashing it out for 13 centuries.

Sticking to this week, however, here is how I would sum up the known facts in capsule format. We know that Libya has just been through a huge turmoil, involving the end of the reign of Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed one year ago in the wake of Arab Spring. On Tuesday, J. Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, was visiting the consulate in Benghazi, when militants supposedly associated with Gadhafi attacked the building with rocket propelled grenades and other improvised devices, setting it on fire.

This incident, we are told, was sparked off by an American-made video called “Innocence of Muslims,” mocking Mohammed as a womanizer and child molester. This was promoted by Koran-burning ‘minister’ Terry Jones and his publicist, an Egyptian expat blogger named Morris Sadek. Word got out that this was not merely a file on YouTube, but allegedly a blockbuster hit film in the United States (watch the ridiculous trailer here). This reminds me of the butterfly flapping its wings in the Alps causing the hurricane in Texas.

The video recently had Arabic subtitles added, which we are told sparked a protest outside the Libyan consulate in Benghazi Tuesday night. While that protest was going on, a bunch of heavily armed militants arrived at the scene, and the consulate came under attack, and then caught fire. In the process, the ambassador — who was visiting, and did not live there — was killed, along with his staff members and the scant few Libyan guards who were supposedly keeping the place safe.

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“Eclipsed” by Charlie Lemay.

Note, we were supposed to be hardening (as in fortifying) all of our diplomatic facilities starting in the early 1990s. I guess this one got left off the list, despite well-known threats in that very area going back years. Based on that one fact I find it strange that this incident in Libya even happened. I say that knowing we live on Planet Shit Happens. Yet this just seems to be the equivalent of driving the president through the crowd in an open limousine — in 2012.

American press reports say that U.S. officials don’t know whether the militants were aware that Stevens was in the consulate, or they just got lucky. I think they knew, since he was there for a public event this week. The attack seemed carefully planned, rather than spontaneous, giving rise to a whole diversity of questions, such as: what was their real agenda in attacking the consulate? Was it to gain power internationally, or to impress local warlords? Was it religious and political as we’re being told, or was there a business motive?

Before we move on to my planned topic for the week — denial — let’s consider the astrology of the Libya incident. There are a few things about it that are more than a little startling, particularly its similarities to the United States Sibly chart (considered by most astrologers the primary birth chart of the United States) and a chart from the summer of 2001 that, in a real sense, predicted the Sept. 11 incident about a month before it happened. The chart includes a rare aspect, the Saturn-Pluto opposition. Notably, a critical document, called the Aug. 6 Presidential Daily Brief, was written the day of this 2001 astrological event, which was written the day the opposition was exact, and which I discuss in more detail in the current edition of Planet Waves FM.

First, let’s consider the chart of the Libya incident; then let’s consider two others. The charts are presented separately, side-by-side (and for users of mobile devices, vertically).

When you see a chart, look at the ascendant first. An astrology chart is a real map, and the ascendant is the eastern horizon. That’s the bold line sticking out to the left. The ascendant is where the story of the chart begins — with the 1st house of the chart. ‘Ascendant’ translates to rising sign, and often, to the rising degree. The rising degree is very specific to a chart (including your own birth chart) because that degree ticks up rapidly, once every four minutes or so.

The degree rising in this chart is 12+ Gemini, which, without looking, reminded me of two other charts. Almost any seasoned astrologer will recognize it.

The first is the United States Sibly chart, which has the opposite degree rising — 12+ Sagittarius. In both of these charts, 12+ Gemini/Sagittarius are on the horizon, the most sensitive line in the chart. Not only is the United States involved in what happened (in some way besides being the victim). These two charts are like mirror images of one another, which is exactly what’s going on between the lunatic fringe Christians with blogs in the United States, and some batshit crazy Muslims with bombs halfway around the world.

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First, look at this simple chart — these two planets, Saturn and Pluto, were aligned at 12+ Gemini/Sagittarius in the weeks before the Sept. 11 incident. This axis lines up to the degree with the United States chart, and the chart for the Benghazi incident earlier this week. To see this, open up the chart file and look to the left side of the wheel.

By one analysis, these two groups of religious fundamentalists are locked in an ideological argument that they hope will ignite the war of the civilizations. I find many Christian extremists to be the more disturbing of the two, as they are convinced that the apocalypse is coming, and that it’s their job to help bring it on. This whole scenario is being enabled by the American political system; few people seem to have the guts to call it what it is.

These are interlocking, even interchangeable philosophies, which support one another in their dysfunction. Yet they also support one another in what they’re trying to accomplish, so the dysfunction itself may be a kind of fog thrown over the situation.

In the Benghazi event chart, we see that theme show up boldly. Last week I described the sickness disguised as religion, hiding another agenda — emanating from the sign Sagittarius. There’s a planet shown in Sagittarius, to the right side of the chart — that would be Pholus, the volatile little centaur planet that often shows up angular (on the horizon, or high up) in charts for attacks and shootings. That’s combined with Ixion (amorality, raping and killing for its own sake) and Hylonome (the cry of the poor; the song of war). If you’re curious how this fits in, please review last week’s issue.

These points are in Sagittarius, on the horizon, so we have an image of religious militancy showing up at the moment this attack happened. Yet this too shows up in a mirror effect. Notice that orange thing right below the horizon. That’s Jupiter in Gemini. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, but it’s rising, in Gemini (its opposite sign). This translates to “I’m rubber, you’re glue, bounces off of me and sticks to you.” Yet Jupiter also is about benefit, and the question here is: who benefits from this? It seems to me that the mutuality of these charts points to some mutual gain.

Whatever the Sagittarius side of the chart is about, the Gemini side of the chart is also about. So we see mutual reflections of Christian and Islamic fundamentalism — yet meanwhile a lot of other things happen, and while vast resources are at stake (Libya, for example, is extremely wealthy, nearly all of it from oil.)

But now take a look at one other chart — the middle chart in the set of three. That’s for a rare aspect that happened in the summer of 2001, one month before the Sept. 11 incident. By rare, I mean that the last time it happened before 2001 was in the mid-1960s — the opposition of Saturn and Pluto. This is the clash of the immovable object with the unstoppable force. Take a look at the location of those planets — 12+ Gemini and 12+ Sagittarius. Most astrologers have this axis memorized, because it fits so closely with the Sibly chart, and predicted — or should have predicted — the Sept. 11 incident.

Yet in truth, Sept. 11 was more than an incident. It represented a massive shift in priorities both in the U.S. and the Middle East. Just moments after the Cold War ended, the U.S. got involved in a massive military and national security buildup, and a rollback of individual rights, which many people understand was the real agenda for Sept. 11 and its aftermath. Which brings me to my original topic for the week.

Psychologists Speak Out About 9/11 Truth

That topic is denial. Specifically, I’ve been developing the theme about how people respond to the mounting evidence that the official story of how the Sept. 11 incident happened cannot be true. I cover this in this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM, available here (and in the section below).

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Les Alyscamps, a medieval cemetery in Arles, France. Photo by Charlie Lemay.

The main problem with the official story is that steel-framed skyscrapers don’t just collapse in their own footprint at free-fall speed unless they are demolished by explosives. The first time skyscrapers ever fell down, allegedly from a fire, was on Sept. 11, 2001, and it happened to three of them — one of which, WTC 7, wasn’t even hit by an airplane. Note that the main towers of the World Trade Center were designed to withstand airplane strikes, because there are so many planes coming into the New York-area airports. The airplanes hit both buildings toward the top, where there was far less load on the frames of the buildings.

None of this is a conspiracy theory; rather, it debunks a conspiracy theory — the one given to us by the government. This debunking is based on a scientific examination of the debris from the buildings, videos and samples of the dust, all of which contain little balls of molten steel (which could only be created by a very, very hot incident). This information is coming from engineers and architects who design this kind of structure so that it will stand up in a hurricane, and be safe to go inside.

More than 1,000 of them have joined together as an organization called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Recently, they released the final version of their documentary, called Explosive Evidence. You can watch a one-hour version of that documentary here.

Most people don’t know that this information exists. Many people who do hear about it doubt it, though I would be curious to talk to anyone who watches this documentary and see what they have to say about it. To some extent, resistance to the truth about 9/11 is gradually dissolving, if only because it’s normal to be suspicious of something so huge and powerful as government, particularly one so power-hungry as that of the United States. That, and many people see that the main results of what happened that day were two long, pointless wars, and a lot of money spent spying on Americans, searching their bodies at the airport, ramping up paranoia and making everyone feel like a suspect — always in support of yet another war or security measure to keep us safer.

Many people recoil at any notion that the towers were not taken down by airplanes hijacked and flown by Muslims, and they overlook how ridiculous so much of the official story is. Many people have no idea about WTC 7, which was not hit by an airplane. There were several fires in the building, then it just imploded on itself. The weird thing is that the developer and leaseholder of the building said he authorized its demolition [see top recording] — but that begs the question how anyone would get a demolition team in there with explosives, read the blueprints, consult engineers and set the whole thing up, all in the midst of the horrors of Ground Zero on day one.

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“Aries” by Charlie Lemay.

And what about the fact that WTC 7 included the offices of the Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC, which regulates Wall Street)? What the heck happened to all those documents? All those offices and their files and computers and vaults were all intentionally demolished, if you believe Silverstein who admitted this in 2002 in a PBS interview for a program called America Rebuilds.

Yet to accept any of this — no matter how obvious — is dangerous to your peace of mind — and your view of the world.

Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, put it this way. “Most of us who have lived with the events of 9/11 have, as a result, experienced some kind of trauma. It can be very difficult to come to terms with what actually happened at the World Trade Center. In fact, someone told me recently, ‘I wouldn’t believe what you’re telling me even if it were true’. Our petition signers with psychological expertise have stepped forward to offer their insight.”

Marti Hopper, a clinical psychologist and trauma specialist, said, “We know this had a very severe and traumatic impact on a large majority of the population. At this point we have nine years of hard scientific evidence that disproves the government theory about what happened on September 11, and yet, people continue to be either oblivious to the fact that this information exists or completely resistant to looking at this information. So the question becomes why? Why is it that people have so much trouble hearing this information? From my work, I think we would be remiss not to look at the impact of trauma” as a potential cause.

Robert Hopper, another clinical psychologist, added: “Many people respond to these truths in a very deep way. Some have a visceral reaction like they’ve been punched in the stomach. To begin to accept the possibility that the government was involved, it’s like opening Pandora’s box. If you open the lid and peek in a little bit, it’s going to challenge some of your fundamental beliefs about the world.”

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“Warriors” by Charlie Lemay.

Dorothy Lorig, a counseling psychologist, put it this way. “If we can think of our world view as being sort of our mental and emotional home, I think all of us will do just about anything to defend our homes, to defend our families. So I see that with people, and I saw that with myself when my brother tried to talk with me about it. Don’t mess with me, don’t mess with my home, don’t mess with my comfort with how things are. About a week later, I read a lengthy article by Prof. [David Ray] Griffin about why he believes the official account of 9/11 cannot be true. It was a very well researched article. It was in my office at the time, I sat there and I felt my stomach churning. I thought maybe I was going to be sick. And I leaped out of my chair and ran out the door and took a long walk around the block, around several blocks, and just broke down.”

Lorig continued, “I understand now that what was happening was my world view about my government being in some way my protector, almost like a parent, had been dashed, and it was like being cast out into the wilderness. I think it’s the closest way to describe that feeling. And I sobbed and I sobbed, felt the ground had completely disappeared beneath my feet, and I knew at some point during the walk that I knew that I was going to have to become active in educating other people about this. That for me to retain any sense of integrity I was going to have to take some action. I couldn’t just let something like this go.”

Robert Hopper explained further: “9/11 Truth challenges the beliefs that our country protects us and keeps us safe, and that America is the good guy. When your beliefs are challenged, fear and anxiety are created. In response to that, our psychological defenses kick in and they protect us from these emotions. Denial, which is probably the most primitive psychological defense, is the one most likely to kick in when our beliefs are challenged.”

And, explained Frances Shure, a licensed professional counselor: “What some of us will tend to do is deny the evidence that’s coming our way and stick to the original story, the official story, and to try to regain our equilibrium in that way. Another thing we can do is decide to look at the conflicting evidence, and be sincere and be open-minded and look at both sides of the issue, and then make up our mind about what reality is.”

That’s the thing: looking at the issue and making up your own mind. Why? So that you — and your society — can heal from the injury. This is a little like why there are Holocaust museums all over Germany.

About That River in Belgium

I’ve spent countless hours studying the charts for the Sept. 11 incident, teaching internationally on the topic and writing numerous articles over the years, starting in 2002, when I figured out that what we’re told happened at the Pentagon was a sham. In doing this work, I’ve used both my investigative skills and my skills as an astrologer, and all the evidence points to the same conclusion: that nothing we’ve been told adds up.

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“Sunblock” by Charlie Lemay.

If you’ve read any of my prior work, you may recall that the keynote of the main Sept. 11 chart is that Mercury was rising right at the moment that Flight 11 struck the North Tower. This planet about a message, and wings, that represented some secret enemy, was precisely in the degree rising.

Not only that, Mercury was trine Saturn, suggesting collaboration between the ‘terrorists’ and the ‘government’, which are basically interchangeable. I cover that carefully in detail in several articles — including this one.

Lately I’ve been working with the charts, and I noticed that there’s also an asteroid right in the ascendant, exactly conjunct Mercury (again, all exact to the degree). The asteroid is called Sauer. I’ve gone digging on this asteroid many times, because it shows up at odd moments, only to find that it’s the name of a river in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

This past weekend, reviewing the 9/11 charts for this article, I noticed it right there in the Sept. 11 ascendant and I was determined to find out what the heck this thing was. Turns out that Sauer is not about the river, nor is it literally about the taste sensation of sourness (the German translation, and a suitable enough symbol of the bitter taste of this incident).

With a little help from some Facebook friends, I learned that it’s named for Dr. Carl G. Sauer — a flight dynamics engineer who worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — the private entity behind NASA, which is part of Caltech University — starting in 1952. Out of the rubble and the lies and the politics and the wars was lurking a name and an identity.

Sauer was no ordinary rocket scientist. His bio says, “His work has included mission designs for advanced spacecraft propulsion systems, including solar electric ion propulsion, nuclear propulsion and solar sailing. His database of potential spacecraft trajectories to hundreds of comets and minor planets is an invaluable resource for mission design work at JPL.”

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This is a list-type display of the ascendant of the Sept. 11 chart. Note the proximity, indicated by the number 14, of the ascendant (which is the 1st house cusp), Mercury and Sauer. They are occupying the same degree of the zodiac, which happens to be rising. Each degree is rising for about four minutes a day — the image of a fleeting moment.

Gee whiz. A flight dynamics engineer who understood how to get a spacecraft to an asteroid (not exactly easy — try to think through the steps, when you’re aiming for a moving object so far away you can barely see it with a telescope), with Mercury conjunct it, in the chart of a very, very strange airplane crash. Sauer was so advanced at this, and had made such a contribution to space travel system design, that he got his own planet named after him.

One of the first things that the name of an engineer so prominent in the chart suggested was: this was engineered. More to the point, it’s a reminder what humans are capable of, and how extraordinary science is. To rig up some bullshit like 9/11 does not require a high order of intelligence or technology — merely some half-decent media skills, money, no conscience, and most of all, a motive. If you want to understand the motive, look where all the money went.

The presence of a planet named for the eminent Dr. Sauer is also a sad reminder what human intelligence can do when used for a worthy cause, and what else we could be doing with our precious national resources, that is, after we feed a few hungry people and end a few wars.


Additional research: Astrodem, Genevieve Hathaway, Christine Farber, Stacia Kilpatrick, Len Wallick, Lizanne E. Webb.


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Saturday is the Virgo New Moon

Saturday evening is the Virgo New Moon. That’s the Sun and the Moon aligning in the sign Virgo, as we go into the last week of Northern Hemisphere summer. Mercury is positioned in late Virgo, under some pressure as it makes its way into Libra and onto some big adventures.

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Virgo New Moon, with Mercury at 28+ Virgo close to the Libra cusp. Note that weird little thing Transpluto — a hypothetical point — has transitioned into Virgo. Incredibly, it’s been in Leo since the 1930s and is now taking three years to change signs to Virgo.

This is the time of year when life seems to grow even busier than it usually is. The change of season comes with a surge of energy; the Sun enters a cardinal sign (Libra) on Sept. 22. The days are now noticeably shorter, and there’s the sense of rush that comes with our bodies knowing that winter is impending.

But I’m a little ahead of the story — I’ll cover the equinox in more detail next week. We’re now looking at a New Moon that is dialing in at least three big themes. The first one is: get your work done. The Sun, Moon and Mercury in Virgo are providing a push in that direction. You will need to be efficient, if you’re at all planning to enjoy some of these last dependable warm days. Virgo at its best is all about efficiency.

Second involves what you eat. Did anyone read about that new retrospective study claiming that organic produce is no more nutritious than McVegetables? This New Moon chart makes a comment about the importance of food: of labeling and reading labels; of knowing the ingredients; of eating lower on the food chain, and locally whenever possible.

Third, there is a warning about people who are too religious for anyone’s good, and who turn God into an ego trip, or use God to advance some other agenda. I guess this happens a lot. That said, beware of religiosity — which basically means faux piety, with added shamltz. There is no need for a spiritual excuse for anything, or a spiritual explanation, except maybe if you actually see someone walk on water. In the day-to-day affairs of life, ethics and personal responsibility are more than enough to win the day. So don’t fall for anyone preaching the gospel of anything other than honesty and goodwill.

As for Mercury ingressing Libra — when it does, it makes aspects to a number of minor planets located there, as well as to the Uranus-Pluto square. This will continue to stir up the news, though personally, watch out for the sense of involvement in something that feels out of control. Keep a grip by watching what you say, what you agree to verbally and what you put your signature on. Simply put, my advice for this week is: mean what you say, and say a bit less than you mean.


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Feed the little birds, show them you care…”

Scotts Miracle-Gro, the world’s largest marketer of residential-use pesticides, was sentenced Friday to pay the largest penalty ever issued for criminal violations of U.S. pesticide law. The company will pay more than $12 million in criminal and civil fines for illegally treating wild bird products with deadly pesticides, falsifying EPA pesticide registration documents, marketing and distributing unregistered pesticides and pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, distributing and selling unregistered, canceled or misbranded pesticides, submitting false registration documents to EPA and state regulatory agencies, and selling pesticides with false labels.

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Please check your birdseed; if it is made by Scotts, dispose of it safely so that birds and other critters cannot get to it.

“The Scotts’ settlement is unprecedented in terms of the scope of corporate-wide noncompliance addressed, the number of pesticide products involved, and the far-reaching nationwide noncompliance of Scotts’ products,” states the EPA. “This settlement holds Scotts accountable for its corporate-wide product noncompliance and results in a significant number of potentially harmful pesticides removed from commerce.”

A list of the products involved can be found here.

Scotts wild bird seed products, including Country Pride, Morning Song, Scotts Songbird Selections and Scotts Wild Bird Food, were poisoned with Storcide II (chlorpyrifos-methyl) and Actellic 5E (pirimiphos-methyl). Neither pesticide is approved by EPA for use on bird feed, and both are known to be highly toxic to birds, fish and other wildlife. Chlorpyrifos-methyl is also implicated in the world-wide disaster of Colony Collapse Disorder that has wiped out global populations of bees and other pollinators.

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Miracle-Gro or Miracle-Kill? Monsanto and Scotts team up to poison our water and food — and that of every other living critter.

For at least four years, from 2005 to 2008, Scotts sold more than 73 million packages of the tainted birdseed, of which only two million were successfully recalled. As recently as 2010, these products could be found in retail stores, suggesting a possible cause of mass bird die-offs worldwide in recent years. Separately, a class action lawsuit against Scotts Miracle-Gro seeks damages for the company’s willful distribution and sale of poisoned birdseed products nationwide.

Scotts CEO Jim Hagedorn summed up the company’s response in a press release following the sentencing:

“As we reach closure on these issues, it’s important for all of our stakeholders to know that we have learned a lot from these events and that new people and processes have been put in place to prevent them from happening again. Our consumers are at the heart of our business, and I hope they’ll see our openness, cooperation, and acceptance of responsibility are all a part of our commitment to provide products they can trust and rely upon.”

Scotts Miracle-Gro, it should be noted, is also the exclusive distributor of Monsanto’s Roundup in the U.S. and much of Europe, profitably sharing Monsanto’s long, sordid history of fraudulent practices in testing and marketing its products. Monsanto’s safety tests for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, were conducted by the notorious Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT), master formulators of fraudulent “magic pencil studies” supporting manufacturers’ pesticide registrations. Amazingly, IBT found no effects in the uteri of glyphosate-exposed test rabbits — which all turned out to be males.


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‘iManners’ or ‘iFascism’?

Chances are, at some time you’ve wished you could magically turn off the cell phone of the obnoxious person sitting in front of you at the movies. A new Apple patent could give that power to businesses such as movie theaters and airlines. Given the eroded liberties of our post-9/11 world, we need to ask: at what price?

U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, otherwise known as “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device,” was granted to Apple in late August, and would allow phone policies to be set to “chang[e] one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device” if a certain event occurs. In other words, students taking a test for school could not link up to the internet to cheat; once the play begins, actors would not get distracted by a Justin Bieber ring tone; you wouldn’t have to worry about your plane navigating itself to the middle of the ocean instead of your airport due to excessive in-flight phone use.

Unfortunately, it also means that governments in countries and municipalities with civil unrest (increasingly common around the globe, thanks to the Uranus-Pluto square) could prevent you from photographing police brutally beating your neighbor who was peacefully demonstrating within a specific area. It also means that the rare need to call for emergency assistance could be inadvertently blocked in an area in which connectivity has been cut. There is no guarantee Apple will ever implement this new technology — patents often go unused. The question is, are you ready to give up further civil liberties in favor of a civil night of entertainment?


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The Detective Writer and the Felon: Two Literary Birthdays

Amid the mind-numbing memorials for the carnage and deceit of 9/11, we take time to honor the birthdays of two remarkable authors whose prolific works in unique fashion celebrate life and humanity in defiance of adversity and death.

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O. Henry.

O. Henry (September 11, 1862 — June 5, 1910) was the pen name of William Sydney Porter, who created the pseudonym for stories published while serving time in federal prison for embezzlement. (He’s influenced by a 12th house Taurus Moon, among other things, which imparts a stubborn fixation on, and insecurity about, financial and material resources.) His immensely popular tales, such as “The Ransom of Red Chief,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Cop and the Anthem,” continue to resonate today as ironic commentary on the twists and foibles of our all-too-human comedy.

O. Henry’s chart illustrates the twists and foibles of his life, too. His 5th house (risk-taking and play) hosts his Sun conjunct Saturn in Virgo, and the two square a Uranus-South Node conjunction in Gemini. Translation: he was just as careful with his writing (creative risk) as he was with his embezzlement (financial risk) — though obviously not careful enough with the latter, and its karma. His Gemini planets suggest that the surprising (Uranus) criminal behavior and surprise twists to his fiction come from the same place, all with a sense of duality regarding the things he valued most.

Last November, President Obama cited O. Henry in an appalling mock ceremony granting presidential pardons to a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys, which prompted a petition for a presidential pardon of O. Henry. In a twist that O. Henry himself would appreciate, on Tuesday the U.S. Postal Service issued an O. Henry “Forever” stamp in honor of former federal prisoner number 30664.

Incidentally, his Mercury (also in the 5th house, but in early Libra) squares his Part of Fortune and Vesta in Capricorn. It seems his incarceration in the very structured institution of federal prison (Capricorn) really was the best possible thing to focus his devotion to writing and ground the expansive nature of his Jupiter conjunct Mercury. Those planets form an Aries Point T-square with Neptune in early Aries; once O. Henry got his writing going, using Neptune’s powers of illusion for good, the personal/collective magic took over and continues to this day.

Were she still with us, Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 — January 12, 1976) would be 122 years old this Saturday. The best-selling novelist of all time, with some 4 billion copies of her books in print, “The Queen of Crime” explored the depths of our capacity for deceit and the extraordinary number of ways devised by humans to kill each other. Her continued popularity taps into our ever-present awareness of death, and nostalgia for long-lost virtues of courtesy and civil behavior — the latter qualities influenced by her beauty-and-balance-loving Libra Moon and Mercury.

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Agatha Christie; PA photo.

Christie’s chart is strong with Virgo: a perfect picture of the precision and efficiency needed to write as many complex mystery stories as she did, and the ability to serve her characters and her audience. She has Virgo rising, and her Virgo Sun is in the 1st house, square her lunar nodes; putting her writing ability to work was a matter of self-evolution as much as self-expression. (Her Virgo Saturn conjunct her Part of Fortune in the 1st house underscores that putting precision and structure in the service of her identity as an author would assure success.)

Mercury rules Christie’s chart (as the ruler of her ascendant), and it is in the 2nd house in Libra. It was important to her to construct her stories elegantly, and her two famous protagonists balance each other in their different approaches and characteristics.

Christie’s life spanned two world wars, women’s suffrage, the spiritualist phenomenon, Einstein’s discovery of relativity, the flapper era, and the slow fade of the British Empire. In imminent danger of death by bombing in the Battle of Britain, she wrote the final adventures of her beloved protagonists Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot and hid them in a safe for over 30 years before publishing them in 1975 (when Poirot became the only fictional character ever to be given a front-page obituary in The New York Times). Looming ever in the background of her tales is the shadow of war and its increasingly global weapons of mass murder.

That global/personal theme is no accident. Her Moon, at 1+ Libra, is opposite Pholus at 2+ Aries. That is an Aries Point placement: her books have had mass contact with the world in a personal way — another thing she and O. Henry have in common, in addition to their Virgo Saturn and Libra Mercury. In Christie’s case, we see how Pholus lets the genie out of the bottle: she is often cited as the most widely translated author in the world, and her books show no sign of waning in popularity.

“From what you read and hear nowadays,” Christie wrote in Hallowe’en Party (1969), “it seems that murder under certain aspects is slowly but surely being made acceptable to a large section of the community.”


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Fae Speaker — Purple Henry is this week’s musical guest on Planet Waves FM.

Planet Waves FM :: What Do You Believe About 9/11?

In this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I cover one of the most pressing questions about Sept. 11: What we believe and don’t believe, and why. I base my discussion on a segment of Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out, a documentary about some of the flaws in the official story — specifically, they don’t match up with the laws of science. But what about human nature?

This edition also covers Saturday’s Virgo New Moon. My musical guest is Purple Henry, also known as Fae Speaker.


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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 September Monthly horoscope was published Friday, Aug. 24. Inner Space for September was published Tuesday, August 28. The August Moonshine Horoscope was published Friday, Aug. 17. Please note that the longer monthly horoscope (published Friday, Aug. 24) is being incorporated into the Friday issue after the Sun has entered a new sign; Inner Space still publishes on Tuesdays.


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Friday, September 14, 2012. Weekly Horoscope #917 | Eric’s Zodiac Sign Descriptions

Virgo Birthdays This Week

The central question of your life for the next year is: what nourishes you? You seem to be on a spiritual quest of some kind, but I always wonder what these things cover for. Spirituality in many of its forms is like eating McDonald’s when what you want is a good home-cooked meal — and I suggest you go for the latter and not the former, in all aspects of your life. That means real conversations and authentic companionship — which is to say, people around whom you can be yourself, and people you trust are comfortable being themselves around you. It’s not worth “trying to make someone fit” in your life; either they fit in a holistic way or they don’t. I mention this because you may have the notion that someone will change, or that you can shape the relationship to suit you — though I strongly advise against that. Be sensitive to what is so, and you will be a lot happier. Note, I’ve done a full treatment of Virgo birthdays at the Virgo birthday report.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — You may feel like you’re using your work as a distraction from relationships, though the things you need to address with partners will be presenting themselves soon enough. It’s likely that they will take initiative, though you’ll need to do some sorting out to determine what’s really on the minds of the people close to you. Take some time; give yourself at least a day or two between learning something and deciding what it means. Meanwhile, you seem to have a lot on your plate, in terms of what you need to get done, and you may have the feeling that time is closing in. There are a number of projects that have a one-week time frame on them, though several that you will need to complete by the end of Friday (or Saturday at the latest). That means you’ve got to prioritize, based on relative importance, and on which projects have been delayed the longest. Once those are out of the way, you’ll feel better.

Hello Aries — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You seem to be invested in a situation that’s approaching a moment of truth. Said another way, that’s a checkpoint where you reconcile with yourself and someone else involved in the scenario, and clear up any factors of denial or deception that may be present. The reason that these are so popular is really a matter of convenience, in the short-run, anyway. One of the first things to check is whose conduct in the situation is self-serving rather than mutually supportive. This is another way of asking whose agenda is dominating? Who benefits, and who pays? Ideally, those things would be distributed more or less evenly, and if they’re not, it’s time to figure out why. This includes a number of emotional dimensions to the situation. When it comes to hidden material and motives, however, you’re the one in the best condition to investigate what’s going on for you — and I suggest you do precisely that. If you do, you’ll learn quite a bit about yourself.

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) — Get ready for the pace of your life to pick up — and for an adventure that will take you through next week. This may translate to a wild ride, though in order to keep some control over your affairs, I suggest you stay a step ahead of yourself. Nearly anything or anyone that you’ll encounter is already in place, pretty much where you expected it to be. If you think things through, you’ll be able to eliminate most of the elements of surprise. That will leave you clear to consider your responses. I suggest that you err on the side of saying less rather than more; and that you take fewer chances with what you say and do. That’s going to be the challenging point, as you may be inclined to take bigger risks than are appropriate, given the challenges associated with the situation. I suggest you proceed slowly, taking one step at a time — and responding rather than reacting.

Hello Gemini — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). Have you listened to your birthday reading? Click here for an hour of astrology plus a tarot reading by Eric.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Focus your mind, and center yourself emotionally. I understand the challenges of doing so, given the current planetary setup. It’s as if you’re living underneath an invisible reservoir of things to do that keeps spilling its contents onto your head. What is not increasing is the time you have to accomplish all these things, so I suggest you ramp up your level of organization and basic maintenance. You’re wrapping up one phase of accomplishment (though it may not feel like that yet) and are about to take up a whole new agenda. Based on this information, I suggest you begin to set aside all new activities associated with the old agenda, focus on wrapping up what you’ve taken on, and then prepare to move on to a new phase of experience. Focusing your mind will work; criticizing yourself will not, and it’s vital that you not only know the difference, but act on it. Devote yourself to what must be done each day, and make sure you feed your spirit along the way.

Hello Cancer — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). To hear your birthday reading for the year ahead, please visit this link.

Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — I know this sounds strange to say, however, feeding your doubts does not build your confidence. Understanding your limitations and working with them would be the counterpart to that. Confidence translates to faith in yourself. You know you’re working with confidence when you can stand up to a challenge, rather than worrying about whether you’re going to be able to get it done. Still, emotionally, you may be walking a fine line here. You may feel like every time you do something vaguely bold, you pay for it in insecurity and uncertainty. Note carefully the presence of any guilt that you may feel, or shame that may be associated with feeling ‘too’ ambitious. If you’re picking up any of this toxicity, I would propose that it’s associated with the feeling of exceeding a boundary or challenging someone’s authority. Look into that and remember, taking authority over your own life usually implies taking it away from someone else — even if you didn’t know they had it.

Hello Leo — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). Did you miss your birthday reading? Click here to order an hour of astrology plus a Tarot reading by Eric.


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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Saturday’s New Moon in your birth sign is about developing self-esteem. New Moons represent the commencement of a new cycle, and in your own sign this is distinctly personal. The self-esteem question may surface first with the feeling that something is missing. You may discover that you’re looking at yourself in a narrow, biased way. One of the first steps you’ll take in getting to a better place is opening up your perspective, and taking a more balanced view. I suggest you gather the information that you need to do that, rather than allowing yourself to be backed into a situation where you feel like you’ve got no choice. If you start to feel like you have just one option, the very first thing to do is make up other options. This will help you exercise your best skill, which is your flexibility. You have others, of course; using your skills and talents is the best way to cultivate them, which is to say, use and develop them — and as you do, one positive result will be the actual feeling of self-respect.

Hello Virgo — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You may be wondering what’s brewing behind the scenes, though you could just as well look at what’s obvious. I know there seems to be a strange kind of pressure leaning on you. Various planetary factors describe a crisis of maturity. This makes sense given how that’s been the theme of your life for most of the time that Saturn has been in your sign — particularly now that this phase is coming to a close (Saturn leaves your sign on Oct. 5). Here is the thing to remember: You’re bigger than the parts of yourself that you don’t like. You’re bigger than your problems. You’re stronger than any disruptive influence that comes in through a relationship. It’s easy to lose sight of that. Yet keeping this in focus is a key element of this sometimes-elusive thing called growth. At the moment, however, you’re in a kind of blind spot, which gradually opens up over the next few days. Remember to take the issues one at a time, start slowly and build momentum.

Hello Libra — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — You have every advantage now — particularly if you know what you want, and focus on that. It seems that a high priority is making a particular relationship work, or getting that relationship started. My impression, however, is that you’re figuring out that your most important relationship is to yourself. That means living differently, especially given Scorpio’s famous desire for involvement with others. Though you’ve been here before, this is likely to feel like a radically new orientation for you, as you shift your identity away from ‘relationship partner’ and in the direction of ‘whole person’. If you’re doing this sincerely, then you will likely be experiencing some sensation of being in unfamiliar territory. However, this is not the time to say ‘I tried being myself, but it didn’t work, so I went back to whatever I was before’. Rather, it’s time to stick with the feeling that you need to stretch, and ultimately, to let go of something, in order to be 100% you.

Hello Scorpio — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You have a lot going for you — though I suggest you carefully avoid being too full of yourself. This can come up in subtle ways, though one thing that would help is if you check in with others, find out how they’re doing and listen to what they say. By all indications your own life is on solid ground; you have the respect of the people you work with and you have respect for your own talents. I suggest, however, that you let others do all the praising, while you invest yourself in paying attention to what’s influencing the people you care about. You could easily project your own sense of success or accomplishment onto them, or worse, be seen as someone who is competitive with the people you love. In any situation where desire is a factor, make sure you carefully take everyone’s wants and needs into account. The more you do this, the more others will be willing to give you what you want — or rather, the more they’ll feel the opening to do so.

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) — If you’re feeling the urge to be spiritual, I suggest you go for practical. ‘Spiritual’ is almost always a ruse, and too often it’s a cover for egotism. It’s almost always a way of saying that the allegedly spiritual person is better than someone else, and too often it’s used as an excuse for hypocrisy. If spiritual means anything at all in real terms, that would be about ethics, honesty and friendship to the people in your environment. This is why I suggest you stick to practical, which is to say, love is what love does. Get away from theory and get down to the business of taking care of the people you love, and the people who take care of you. This is likely to extend into your professional life, an aspect of yourself that has been under major development the past three years. That comes down to one theme: your professional relationships are real, and call for the same respect as anyone else.

Hello Capricorn — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It’s time to stop being envious of anyone’s success, and to take the risk and enter the territory yourself. You’ve been getting this message for a while, and it’s not about to let up anytime soon; in fact it’s in the process of making a translation from desire to necessity. Here is one thing that might be helpful at the beginning of this trip: You associate success with a feeling. Sometimes it’s the feeling of power, but whatever it may be, you crave it emotionally. And that seems to be the thing you’re not going to have for a while, so therefore I suggest you come up with another metric. One useful one could be that you’re succeeding as long as you keep deepening your understanding of yourself, and of how the world works. That may not be tangible enough for you, though I would propose that it’s a lot more tangible than the feeling of success, especially if that feeling is one of authority over anything but yourself.

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) — You’re under less pressure to accomplish great things — and therefore, more likely to do so. Making it big in the world is only occasionally linked to talent alone; many extremely talented people live in obscurity while others get all the glory. Success is also not linked to how ambitious you may be feeling at the moment. Rather, it’s about your intentions, your preparation and timing. Fortunately, those are the things you’ve got going for you right now. You’ve been on this page for a while, and I suggest it’s where you keep your emphasis. Preparation is on two levels — your awareness of what’s going on around you, and learning the facts of any situation you find yourself in; and it includes personal preparation, which means taking a step when you’re ready to take it. This brings me to the question of timing. Readiness is an important part of this, and so is being aware enough to know when to pause, and when it’s time to make a move — even if you don’t feel quite ready.

Hello Pisces — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).


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Tuesday Letter: A Moment of Psyche

Dear Friend and Reader:

We’re not done editing the Moonshine horoscope yet, so it’s going to wait a week. Working with a young writer who is learning to write horoscopes is giving me a new appreciation for how challenging it is to translate astrology into a few succinct sentences, and have it be helpful, accurate and not confuse matters any more than they already are. Thanks for your patience.

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Lower Manhattan skyline as it appeared prior to Sept. 11, 2001, offering us a dreamlike image of a cityscape that once was. This is a viral image; I have not been able to identify the photographer.

This creates an opportunity to comment on Sept. 11, on Sept. 11. Once again I’ve been spending hours and hours with the charts for that incident, and as usual, learning a lot. I will be describing some of that in tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM and Friday’s edition for subscribers. Today on the 11th anniversary, though, we get an aspect that begs for attention: Psyche square Pluto.

When you calculate the exact solar return (birthday chart) for the airplane crash into the North Tower (which was exact just past midnight N.Y. time), the asteroid Psyche meets Pluto at 90-degrees — a square — to a tiny fraction of a degree. A square is an aspect of tension. It’s provocative, which is to say, it’s a kind of trigger point. In this situation, two points associated with psychological distress are in aspect to one another. Outside the context of today’s anniversary, please remember that this aspect is happening, and that you may be feeling it.

In an issue earlier in the year, I quoted minor planet specialist Martha Lang-Wescott describing the psychological scarring associated with Pluto in Capricorn. The United States has been through some profoundly difficult times since that airplane hit the North Tower at 8:46 on a clear, cool Tuesday morning. Capricorn is a sign associated with government, with corporations, with family and with tradition — and Pluto is having its sometimes-painful influences in all of these places. In the style of Capricorn, these influences often refer to the past (Capricorn territory), and how we orient our lives today based on what happened before.

We have a lot of that with Sept. 11. The horror of what we witnessed; the loss of so many people on one morning; then war after war, the buildup of the ‘national security’ state; all of our cell calls and texts and social networking being archived, for future use, with 9/11 used as an excuse. That makes every one of us a suspected terrorist, you and me, and thanks to the various laws passed in the wake of 9/11, we can be treated that way. Now the words ‘activist’ and ‘terrorist’ are interchangeable.

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A feat of architecture, and a childhood memory: the World Trade center under construction in 1971. The towers were built to withstand hurricanes and multiple strikes by jet liners. Photo by Pat Bianculli / Wikimedia Commons.

That’s enough to freak out anyone — anyone paying attention, and to haunt the nightmares of just about anyone else. Psyche addresses psychological wounding that can cut to the soul level, and its exact square today to Pluto in Capricorn is a clear image of that: the fear, the pain, the lingering memories and the nagging questions.

It’s as if our whole society is going through this on a daily basis, and these scars are stirred up by a diversity of sources: politicians using both threats and the promise of security as weapons against us; the media selling newspapers and cars on cable TV, using all this pain to get our attention; the agony of considering what the people of Afghanistan and Iraq have gone through, paying for what someone else did; feeling the hurt and grief of the tens of thousands of killed and wounded American service members, and their families.

Then there are the lost opportunities: for example, the trillions of dollars’ worth of resources spent on wars and SWAT teams for little towns (and big cities) and airport X-ray machines that could have been invested in infrastructure, protecting the environment, education, health.

And then there’s one last not-so-small matter: what if those people who think that the official story is simply not true are correct? What if you have questions about how three skyscrapers collapsed on their footprint the same day, one of which was not even hit by an airplane? Why is it so difficult to accept that something else happened, even when presented with direct evidence of that fact?

That’s the question that I’ll be taking up this week, in tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM and Friday’s edition. I am focusing on the mass psychology of Sept. 11, and how people respond when presented with evidence that contradicts their worldview. (That will be posted on the main PW blog later tonight, and be re-issued in Friday’s edition).

Till then, take good care.


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Sept. 11, 2001: Call it what it is

Photo of the Pentagon crime scene taken by the Department of Defense on Sept. 14, 2001.


Dear Friend and Reader:

So here we are, at the 10-year mark of the Sept. 11 incident. Wars are still being fought, lives are being taken, there is chaos in the Middle East, and everyone who boards an airplane or makes a phone call is treated as a potential terrorist. Politicians will lay wreaths and many will take the opportunity to put a little more yeast in the brew of hatred and paranoia, but I wonder what we’ve learned. I wonder who is asking questions about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, why it happened, and how.

Pentagon before the wall fell down about 30 minutes after the explosion or missile impact on Sept. 11, 2001. Notice the lack of airplane wreckage, and how the wall is standing intact. You would have to use your imagination to see an airplane there. We all know how big jetliners really are. The scene above shows no sign of the 124-foot wingspan of the aircraft that supposedly struck the building. There is an entry wound, but it’s too small for an airplane, and there are large punctures deeper within the rings of the building. There is no airplane wreckage or debris field visible. Image from MSNBC.

I’m one of the people who doubted the official story of Sept. 11 before I even heard it. Once I started reading the explanations, I knew there were problems with everything that was being said. I anticipated that I would be involved in a long investigation, and I have been. Some of these inquiries begin with the sensation of scaling a wall with my bare hands; that’s how it felt to approach the Sept. 11 incident. My first breakthrough came seeing the astrology for the incident. Reading that chart, I warned that the ‘secret enemy’ who had done this horrid thing would be morphing to suit political convenience, and had an oddly intimate relationship to the government.

I had my second breakthrough looking at the picture at the very top of the page, which is a Department of Defense photo of the Pentagon crime scene from Sept. 14, 2001. This came into my hands six months after the incident, in early March 2002. Maybe you saw the email titled ‘Hunt the Boeing’ published by the French website Asile.org, which passed around the link. The premise of ‘Hunt the Boeing’ was, okay, if this event at the Pentagon is an airplane crash, then where’s the airplane? Where did it strike? Where did the 100 tons of composite aluminum and titanium go? Where is the impression of the wings, and those enormous jets? What about all the fuel on a plane that was bound for the West Coast? How come that big pile of rubble isn’t a burned-out bonfire?

During March of 2002, I studied this photo night and day for a week (I had fewer deadlines back then). At the end of that week, I understood that I was not looking at the photo of a plane crash. Besides the lack of wreckage, one really weird thing stood out. How is it possible that an airplane hit that building at a minimum of 250 miles per hour, but all the rubble collapses outward? When you see a photo of a car that’s been driven through the wall of a house, you don’t expect to see the debris all over the lawn. Most of it plunges inward and follows the direction of travel of the car, following the laws of kinetic energy. Here, the wall looks like it tumbled outward, which is what it did. This debris goes in the wrong direction, that is, if something large and heavy from the outside plunged in.

What did not happen — this is an approximate size comparison of a 757 with the breach in the Pentagon. The rubble would have gone the other way — and there would have been a lot more damage. Graphic from Asile.org.

To see an airplane crash here, you really have to use your imagination. You can pretend that the airplane is under the rubble. You can imagine that it burrowed into the building and disappeared, kind of like the planes did at the World Trade Center. You can pretend that it’s invisible, like Wonder Woman’s airplane. You can tell yourself that something had to happen to it — but it must be there someplace. But to do any of these things, you have to make believe.

After I did this work, studying dozens of other photos, I knew there was a problem with the official story, the one about the supposed airplane crash. One of those other photos is shown a few paragraphs above and to the right. It’s a picture of the Pentagon during the first half hour after the explosion. Notice that there is nothing on the lawn and that the wall is standing intact. There is no damage in the shape of an airplane; it’s more like a building on fire. About 30 minutes after the impact or the explosion, the façade collapses outward. In other photos you can see a round hole about 10 to 15 feet in diameter right around the second floor.

Through the first week after the Sept. 11 incident, I consoled myself mainly by listening to Steve Inskeep on NPR. He had been standing next to the Pentagon for the first three days after whatever happened there. I knew and trusted Steve from my days covering the state capitol, and I clung to his sane, moderated voice and temperament. Steve was in Afghanistan on a new assignment when I called, but my phone rang six months later and — faithfully — he was returning my call. I told him what I was thinking and asked for his honest opinion. Was I crazy?

He told me that he was one of the first people at the Pentagon after whatever happened. He was called to the scene of an explosion — not an airplane crash. He said it didn’t look like an airplane crash, but then not all of them do. He confirmed that there was no wreckage visible. However, he thought my theory was plausible and worth following up. I will save those stories for another time. While the Pentagon presents a mystery (covered in greater detail in this article), it’s not the most interesting one.

The Mystery of World Trade Center 7

By far, the most interesting and persistent mystery of Sept. 11 is what happened to World Trade Center 7. Most people don’t know that three towers of the World Trade Center fell down on Sept. 11. We’ve all seen the two big familiar Twin Towers fall down again and again, but there was a third — a 47-story structure called the Salomon Brothers Building. It was not hit by an airplane. Across the plaza from the Twin Towers, WTC 7 suffered some damage when the two other towers fell, but not especially severe. There were some scattered office fires in the building.

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.

Then at 5:20 pm, it collapsed at near-free-fall speed in its foundation, landing in its footprint in just under seven seconds. The impressive thing is how it just elegantly cascades to the ground, like a waterfall. It implodes and lands in a tidy heap. When something descends at free-fall speed, that means there is no resistance below it. For that to happen, all 50 or so vertical beams would’ve had to be cut at the same time, which does not happen accidentally.

There are lots of video clips of this in YouTube. There are clips of newscasters saying the building had fallen down when it was still standing; the most famous is the BBC live broadcast. On the local Fox News channel in DC, the reporters are saying it already fell down while looking at a live feed of the New York skyline — then it collapses while they’re talking. (This video has since disappeared from YouTube.)

WTC 7 was glossed over in the official investigations. This is true despite the tenants of the building including the FBI, the SEC, the IRS, the Secret Service, the NYC Office of Emergency Management and a diversity of banks and insurance companies. There is also a public safety issue. If it’s true that WTC 7 collapsed from some rubble damage and a few fires, one would think that there would be a major investigation into the structural integrity of skyscrapers, because such a thing had never happened before. But WTC 7 was treated so casually that most people have no idea that it even happened.

In a PBS interview done for America Rebuilds, the one-year anniversary special, the owner of the building, Larry Silverstein, admits that one of the Fire Department commanders called him up and told him they had to demolish the building — and he gave his consent to “pull it.” (You can see this on video here. I purchased the original from PBS to make sure it wasn’t a fake.) Silverstein, who also was the new leaseholder on the Twin Towers, admits the building was demolished intentionally, which is obvious from watching it implode. But I’m left wondering, if this really was done by the Fire Department, how it was possible to get a demolition crew into the building and prepare it to be imploded in a few hours, right in the midst of the Ground Zero catastrophe. I’m wondering how you just demolish a structure with a tenant’s list like that, without emptying the structure first. You know, the files and the safes and vaults and data centers and other secret bits.

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 order to accept that WTC 7 was not demolished, you have to pretend. For example, I once got into a heavy argument with a Wikipedia administrator, who said that what Larry Silverstein really meant when he said “pull it” was that the Fire Department could pull its men out of the building because it was about to collapse. Since when does the Fire Department need a landlord’s permission to get its own men out of imminent danger? (For more information on WTC 7, visit a website called BuildingWhat.org, named for the judge who had never heard of the thing and asked, “Building what?”)

There are a lot of other problems with the official story of Sept. 11. In a 2007 article, Robert Fisk, the eminent Middle East reporter for The Independent in the UK, states: “Even I question the ‘truth’ about 9/11.” He starts by saying he hates conspiracy theories, but these questions here are too big to ignore.

He asks about the plane crash in Pennsylvania: “Why did flight 93’s debris spread over miles when it was supposed to have crashed in one piece in a field?” He asks, “If it is true, for example, that kerosene burns at 820C under optimum conditions, how come the steel beams of the Twin Towers — whose melting point is supposed to be about 1,480C — would snap through at the same time? (They collapsed in 8.1 and 10 seconds.)” And, “What about the third tower — the so-called World Trade Centre Building 7 (or the Salomon Brothers Building) — which collapsed in 6.6 seconds in its own footprint at 5:20 pm on 11 September? Why did it so neatly fall to the ground when no aircraft had hit it?”

Then there are the firemen who said that there was molten steel flowing in the rubble of the Twin Towers “like a foundry” and “like lava.” The issue of molten steel, a factor in all three building collapses, is impressive. There are steel microspheres, which can only be created by melting it, in the dust of all three WTC high-rises that collapsed that day. I could go on and on — I’ve only described some of the more prominent questions. An organization called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth has been asking a lot more of them, though they have a special focus on WTC 7. (You can visit their website at AE911Truth.org.)

Tracy Litts Karson, and Karson’s husband, Chris, watch as the casket of her son, Pfc. Douglas Cordo is placed in a hearse on the way to the cemetery. Cordo was killed in Afghanistan last month, believing he was defending the United States against the 9/11 attackers. The war goes on even as the truth about 9/11 comes to light. Photo by Eric.

The story that some terrorists from Afghanistan attacked us because they resent our freedom is the product of a nifty picture of world politics. It fits into a preconceived idea not of 9/11 but of how wonderful we Americans are. (Actually, the terrorists accused were from many different Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia.) If we look at the writing of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) published in the late 1990s, we find out about the need for a “new Pearl Harbor” so that the United States can fight a multi-front war early in the 21st century. Most signers of PNAC, which is basically a vision for perpetual war, became the Cheney/Bush administration.

Once you start gathering them, and looking at them with your eyes open, the facts are so obvious they can speak for themselves; that is, to anyone who wants to listen. Yet here is what I call the spiritual problem, though. It’s the implication of any of this information, if you accept it. If we shift the narrative of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, we have to change our worldview. I don’t mean this casually. Understanding Sept. 11 requires changing your perspective of the world.

If we accept that there’s a problem with the official story, we have to open up to the possibility that 1) we are being lied to and 2) that there is another version of events — such as the whole thing was a premeditated false flag event. I mean, it didn’t just happen all by itself. If, hypothetically, there were explosive charges put into buildings, and they had to be placed in advance, who did it? And why? Those questions have answers. And those answers challenge who we are as individuals and also on the tribal level.

This is too big of a psychological barrier for most people to cross over. Once you go down that road, as someone said to me the other day, you don’t know where you’re going to end up — or rather you do know and it’s not a pretty place. Your whole notion of both society and politics will change, and as a result, you will change. This makes the issue deeply personal — just like we experience it.

You can start by doing something easier, which is calling the Sept. 11 incident what it is, which is something that you don’t fully understand. That takes the pressure off of you to have the answers.



Planet Waves FM: Sept. 11, science and astrology

The new edition of Planet Waves FM is done — thanks for the slight delay (usually PW FM comes out just past midnight Wednesday morning). I wanted to see the new film Explosive Evidence, created by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth before doing my first podcast on Sept. 11 for the 10th anniversary. I describe the film in this edition, focusing on the last section — interviews with psychologists explaining why so many people refuse to see the obvious.

In this edition, I reference a few articles. One is called Were It So, from March 2002. This is the first article I wrote deconstructing the official story of 9/11, which was based on one photo taken on Sept. 14. I look more closely at this image in today’s lead article above.

I also mention an article called Sept. 11, 1984, which gives a basic examination of the Sept. 11 chart. I conclude today’s edition with a similar discussion; you can see it in black and white on that page.

More recently, I wrote a piece called History, Turning on a Phrase, which takes apart the situation with World Trade Center 7 — the third skyscraper that fell on Sept. 11, despite not being hit by an airplane. Explosive Evidence spends an hour on WTC 7, discussing how the steel melted and the building fell at free-fall speed, despite the only damage being from some small office fires and debris striking the structure — not enough to make it fall down at all, much less collapse in its own footprint.

But at the heart of the matter of Sept. 11 is why we believe or don’t believe what is presented to us. The whole incident relates to our worldview; that is, how we see Sept. 11 is evidence of how we see the world around us, and what we believe about the world. That is the theme I do my best to develop in this edition, and with your help will continue next week.

Here is your program in the old player and a downloadable archive.

Thanks for tuning in.



Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, #874 – BY ERIC FRANCIS

Revised and Updated! Click for Eric’s Zodiac Sign Descriptions

Aries (March 20-April 19) — I suggest you ask yourself just what you’ve been through the past five or six weeks. It was definitely unusual, and by that, I mean not your typical emotional crisis. It was more like a series of initiations, or an extended ordeal designed to help you figure out who you are. You learned a lot — and now the question is how not to forget. If outright frustration has tamped down to a sense of mild irritation, allow that irritation to keep reminding you to stay awake and alert. Notice those relationships wherein there is a bit of push and pull, and the sense that things are not quite right but they work anyway. That tension can also remind you to pay attention, and mind the details of your personal associations with others. If you treat others as if they are here to help you, they are more likely to do so. Open up to receiving what they offer and they’re likely to give you more of what you need.

Aries, your birth sign or rising sign, is getting some of the most potent transits of them all right now. I’ve recorded an hour of astrology and a tarot card reading for you. Learn more by visiting this page.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You may be feeling like you’re out of your element, but I doubt that’s true. Where you are, however, is in a situation that’s insisting that you update your files in realtime. By that I mean set your mind in manual mode and size up your environment and your mental state every hour or so, or every time you remember. Rather than settling back into the sensation that things are how they are, keep your senses sharp and observe what they are telling you. Keep the conversation going even with the people who annoy you. They are likely to provide useful information that you would have missed ordinarily. Part of why one person in particular may be irritating, by the way, is that he or she is able to discern how much of your mind you’re actually using. It’s as if someone is lurking around while you’re sleeping, waiting for you to wake up. Waking up, at the moment, means living with the sense that you’re participating in an experiment. You don’t know the outcome, and that is the whole point.

I’ve recorded an hour of astrology and done a tarot reading especially for you. It’s information that will help with your relationships, your professional life and your personal growth. Visit this page to find out more.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You now have the awareness and strength to break free from at least one dysfunctional belief of your parents. This would seem to be a lifelong process of healing and growth. It is, yet there are moments of breakthrough, when you make a discovery that works on several levels. First, see what it’s like to not be angry when you discover that you’ve been deceived. Right under the deception is a contact point with your power. It’s as if you’re clearing the fog on some event or condition of childhood that obscured your ability to see contrasts, and to make coherent decisions based on them. Now that ability is suddenly coming back to you. Remember that the root of feeling and seeing the truth is emotional, as is your ability to act on it. You are making contact with who you were before the paralysis of denial set in, which is another way of saying that the kid who refuses to believe lies is alive and well in your heart.

Gemini is one of the most misunderstood signs — and as someone born under this sign, part of your role is to hold a mirror to the world. I’ve recorded an hour of audio for you, plus a 20-minute tarot reading. You can get access to these by visiting this page.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — You don’t need other people as much as you think. Of course it can be challenging to test that belief, but I suggest you give it a try. You’ll benefit from proving to yourself that the dependencies you think you have are not so sticky, though to get there you have to confront the situation in some direct way. Do something on your own that you thought you needed help with. Solve a problem that you think is over your head. Challenge your sense of loneliness by diving into your creative talent. The quality of experience you have with others will improve significantly when it’s focused on writing, art or a service project rather than merely ‘social’. Look for a point of contact with yourself, develop that and then boldly engage in a real exchange with someone you consider smarter or more advanced than you. From that series of contacts you will make an important discovery about yourself.

I’ve recorded an hour of astrology and done a tarot reading especially for you. It’s information that will help with your relationships, your professional life and your personal growth. Visit this page to find out more.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Lack of self-esteem is one of the most serious issues of our day. It may be the most damaging problem that humans face, responsible for most of the misery and abuse in the world today. We then take this condition and bring it into our relationships, basically putting our self-worth into the hands of someone else. This is the root of what is commonly called codependency. I don’t think anyone is exempt, but Mercury and Chiron are about to align in a way that can clarify this issue for you. Imagine that there are many ways that two people can align; pretend we have hundreds of ways we can connect with others. Among them, there are just a very few alignments where this issue of how we handle, treat and mirror one another’s self-esteem can be seen for what it is. And what is that ‘what it is’? That’s for you to observe over the next few days. I suggest not looking for specifics, but rather treating everything that happens as an expression of this issue — and seeing where that leads you.

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — You’ve faced some serious challenges this week. You may be considering them emotional in nature, but so far as I can see, the deeper issues are spiritual. Since that’s a controversial term, I’ll explain what I mean. Primarily, you’re being called deeper than the sensory world, and the world of feelings. Those things are the starting point, but you’re being invited deeper. You’re being called beyond your individual past into what you can think of as the ancestral past. You’re going deeper than human connection, into a realm where you meet something akin to a ‘cosmic other’. You may discover this entity within you through a process of inner conflict. That conflict may feel like encountering some of the darkest aspects of who you are, but once you make friends with them, you discover the light within the shadow. To get there, it’s essential that you suspend judgment about yourself, i.e., not deciding that you’re so-and-so kind of person based on a certain experience you’ve had or feelings you discover within yourself. Observe, listen and keep your sense of humor.

Eric is working on your birthday audio — we plan to have it available shortly — sorry for the delay. Please stay tuned!

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Relationships are a delicate, sensitive dance. You can take nothing for granted — and while that may seem like torture to those who desire only stability and consistency, it is the more likely path to healthy interaction. We have all discovered at some point that relationships can be dangerous. We can invest enormous amounts of self-esteem into them, alter the course of our lives and make commitments that may take decades to work out. Often we have to do this working from a blind spot as we assess who people are — only to find out that additional information would have been useful much earlier on. If you’re pondering subject matter such as this, I suggest you consider which fears you were carrying around before you got into your present situation. At the moment you’re susceptible to the self-fulfilling prophecy. Keep an open dialog with those you care about, and do your best to avoid making claims on the future.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — One of the temptations you’re facing now is the idea of purity. You may be obsessed with it, though in a way that’s lurking in the background. This may involve themes like wanting to have an absolutely clear conscience, correct intentions, take impeccable care of your health, or absolute focus on your most important purpose in life. You know, that kind of impossible-to-attain stuff that could gradually drive you nuts if you take it too seriously. I suggest you invest your energy soothing your frayed emotions rather than trying to improve yourself. You need rest, you need water, and most of all you need to experiment with fulfilling some of the desires that have been continuously frustrated in recent weeks. I suggest you start modestly, with a sincere desire, particularly of a kind that you fear someone else might be inclined to judge. This is a good time to go out and make some new friends. Look for reasons to say yes.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Humans are complex beings. We seem to spend half our lives working out our contradictions, and the rest of the time working out those of the world around us. The good news is that you seem to be making progress. Despite the many intricacies and the maze-like quality of your life, you are actually finding common ground with people — with one key individual in particular, and also with certain groups that have a family-like quality. If we were to make a list of the most persistent mysteries that have faced humanity for its entire history, they might include questions like, ‘Where did we come from and how did we get here?’ But on top of the list would be, ‘What is the secret to human cooperation?’ You seem to be figuring this one out, and I suggest you put the information to work — especially toward advancing a long-held career goal.

To order Light Bridge, your full-length 2011 reading including written and audio segments for Sagittarius, please go to this link.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — I suggest you connect the idea of professional advancement with fertility. Whatever your condition of employment, you’re in a phase of seeding the future. You can think of this as impregnating your own aspirations, which — when they begin to manifest — often have the sensation of ‘having a life of their own’. This is precisely what you’re going for. Be mindful of who you’re speaking with at all times. Listen for the ways you can work together, and pay attention for those visionary moments when ideas erupt spontaneously. Please keep a notebook to track both who you’re talking with and what you’re talking about. Give things a chance to develop, and also do your best to consciously evolve them. Notice when certain themes repeat themselves. Keep in contact with people who share similar ideas. Look for patterns of affinity, such as when you hear of organizations that have values similar to your own. This will work a lot better than sending out resumes.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You seem to be trying to fit yourself through a narrow opening of what you believe is possible. As you are discovering, you won’t fit through that passageway; you need a wider concept, and a bigger idea; that means you will need to enlarge your concept of who you are. One typical problem you encounter when you do this is that you can lose any sense of definition, shape or form — or you fear that you will. That suggests you need to work with structure and with a concept, but that concept needs to be flexible enough to adapt to different situations. But the heart of the matter is not about the concepts — it’s your beliefs about what you’re capable of. You seem to be using these beliefs as the basis of setting your goals. I suggest you work the other way, by defining some objectives, then determining how you’re going to get there.

To order Light Bridge, your full-length 2011 reading including written and audio segments for Aquarius, please go to this link.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Sex is like seawater, in that it contains nearly every element of consciousness. Many have noted the similarities between blood and seawater, both of which are like the ocean that refuses no river. This is more than a metaphor. Notice how your sexual ideas, emotions and experiences contain all of your feelings about yourself. Notice the overlay and exchange between yourself and the people close to you, including in fantasy experiences, dreams and the odd things that people say. Among erotic experiences there are times for blending energies more deeply, and times for sorting out who is who. At the moment, the cosmos is revealing a specific difference between you and someone close to you — which may translate to a difference between you and everyone else in the world. Yet this is the kind of distinction that can have a way of bringing people closer. True individuality provides the basis for respect and the authentic sharing of common ground much more often than it does the basis for separation.

To order Light Bridge, your full-length 2011 reading including written and audio segments for Pisces, please go to this link.

Shooting the Mirror

What are we gonna do now? / Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
‘Cos working for the clampdown / They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we’re working for the clampdown / We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers / We will train our blue-eyed men / To be young believers
— The Clash – Clampdown

Dear Friend and Reader:

This has become a Beltane infused with death. I learned recently that some cultures (such as in the Eastern Orthodox faiths) practice Days of the Dead-type rituals right after Easter. I had no idea till someone told me a few days ago. But that is a small palliative to seeing mobs of young people dancing in the streets, celebrating a murder. In a glance, I understood why we don’t see those same young people at peace rallies.

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Young people sing in the streets celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, the night of May 1, 2011. Photo by Eric Francis.

Friday morning we witnessed something a little more in the spirit of the season — the royal wedding. It is interesting that the future king of England was married within mere days of the purported slaying of our worst enemy. Are we being told that the royal house is in order, and that empire is on the rise again? Though some may see this as evidence that the military power of the West is now in capable hands, it is disturbing that Osama bin Laden was, in essence, executed without a trial. Being a democratic nation, that’s the thing that’s supposed to set us apart from all the other kinds of nations — that someone is innocent till proven guilty. I know a lot of people might think that’s just ridiculous. But I would ask why, when fair, transparent criminal procedure was part of why the American Revolution was fought?

For the sake of this article, I will set aside any possible questions about whether it was actually him; I can tell you that I don’t personally know, and the U.S. government generally does not win awards for its impeccability with truth. Either way, this is an important moment. Bin Laden’s purported death turns a chapter in the history of the Sept. 11 incident and the history of the seemingly endless War on Terror. That phrase has always irritated me. It’s possible to address terrorism with a war (though not particularly effective), but one cannot wage war on an emotion. Presumably we are supposed to be less afraid now that this has happened, though many people feel we’ve kicked a hornet’s nest.

Since we’re on the topic of Sept. 11, 2001, let’s consider some recent astrology related to that incident.

Back in October, the Libra New Moon occurred exactly in the ascendant of the main Sept. 11 chart — what I call the North Tower chart — and that, to me, said something was brewing with the issue. The chart of the world’s most famous terrorist attack was stirring back to life. At the time, I covered this in an article called History, Turning on a Phrase, in which I laid out some of the serious problems with the prevailing theory of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The ascendant of the North Tower chart contains the planet Mercury — it is rising precisely, to the degree, like the moment of the Sun coming up over the ocean, the moment that Flight 11 was crashed into the World Trade Center. Last October’s Libra New Moon was conjunct both Mercury and the ascendant of the North Tower chart. By conjunct, I mean to the exact degree, something that will not happen again for decades. Mercury in that chart describes the ‘secret enemy’, that is, a suspect for whoever was behind the attacks and the conspiracy. The ascendant or rising degree is the face of the chart — and the face became that of Osama bin Laden.

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Mercury rising in the chart for the North Tower strike. Mercury is precisely in the degree of the ascendant, which happens for about four minutes out of every 24 hours. The little planet below it in Scorpio is Pholus, shorthand for, “An unstoppable flow of cash is about to come loose.” And given that the placement is in Scorpio, that would count for death as well. Full chart here. You can read about the chart in this article.

Bin Laden was sold to the global public in cinematic terms as the personification of evil, the prince of darkness, and the cryptic embodiment of every radical Islamist who ‘hates our way of life’. He was described as the sinister, insidious mastermind, living out of a cave, plotting against all we love so dearly. He was alternately portrayed as an economist, a billionaire and the iconic ‘sand nigger’, an appalling phrase that surfaced during the first Bush War in 1990-91 to describe anyone in a turban. Bin Laden’s face started showing up on bumper stickers, buttons and novelty wanted posters with crosshairs — this, despite the fact that there was never enough evidence to list the Sept. 11 attacks as among the reasons he was wanted by the FBI. Take a look: on his real wanted poster, he’s not wanted for 9/11.

There had been no investigation, no arrests and no trial — but the word was out on the streets of New York City even as office paper from the towers was still drifting in the breeze that Osama bin Laden was the guy. Hardly anyone in the public knew who he was. His name had popped up in the news from time to time, just like lots of other Arab terrorists, but his was not exactly a household word — that is, until the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Then, in an hour, he became an archetype.

The peace dividend that many had hoped would come at the end of the Cold War went up in the smoke of the World Trade Center, and so did what was left of the federal budget (or more accurately, credit card). And, we were told — and readily believed — it was all because of one bad guy, Osama bin Laden.

The peace dividend wasn’t the only thing that went up in the smoke. Raising Osama bin Laden to the level of a religious icon, the citizens of the United States bowed down to fear, allowed their privacy to be taken from them, and tacitly consented to global war, presumably without end. In her broadcast Monday night, Rachel Maddow summed up the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks beautifully:

Ten years ago, before 9/11, the U.S. defense budget was half the size that it is now. Ten years ago, before 9/11, there was no Department of Homeland Security. Had someone suggested that there ought to be one, you probably would have teased them for using a weird word like homeland.

Ten years ago before 9/11, you walked through a metal detector to get on an airplane, sure, but this was the kind of thing you’d only do maybe on a third date [visual of full body X-ray at airport security]. Sometimes on your flight, even the pilots would keep the cockpit door open and you could see them work and you could see the world fly by through their windshield if you peered down the aisle.

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Rachel during Monday’s broadcast. Image courtesy of MSNBC.

Before 9/11, the U.S. had troops based in Saudi Arabia. Before 9/11, the U.S. legal history of torture was of our government prosecuting people for that. Wartime was no excuse. Before 9/11, the National Security Agency having access to everybody’s emails and phone calls and texts and bank records and everything would have been a scandal.

Before 9/11, we did not have a new militarized intelligence bureaucracy that The Washington Post described as an additional 1,271 government organizations, 1,931 private companies and an estimated 854,000 people holding top-secret security clearances.

Before 9/11, no one in politics and private life talked about Article III Courts called for under the Constitution because those were just what courts were. We didn’t have anything but Article III courts. Why would we?

Before 9/11, we didn’t drop bombs using flying robots.

Before 9/11, we had not lost 3,000 people in Lower Manhattan and at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Before 9/11, we did not have 2.2 million Americans who are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and we did not have the national promise to do right by them as a country in respecting their service. Before 9/11, we had not lost more than 6,000 of those veterans in our post-9/11 wars before U.S. forces finally found and killed Osama bin Laden.

If you were a kid when 9/11 happened, it may be hard to imagine our country without all of these things in place. If you were an adult when 9/11 happened, you probably never could have believed this is how we would have chosen to spend the decade after.

These are some serious consequences of the events that spanned a few hours in the history of a nation. The verified body count in Afghanistan and Iraq today stands at 110,000 civilian deaths; because not every death is accounted for, it is really much higher, and that does not include the many injured. Every one of those civilian deaths comes with a family that has lost a loved one. Thousands of people have been orphaned and millions have been reduced to refugees, displaced and fleeing across borders.

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Site of impact where the Pentagon was allegedly struck by an airplane, an agonizing 59 minutes after the World Trade Center was hit. How is that even possible? Meanwhile, most people point out the obvious lack of an airplane or damage in the shape of one. But how did the debris go in the direction that the plane was supposedly coming from? The wall stood upright for about half an hour before it fell outward. Photo by Dept. of Defense.

Yet even Rachel Maddow, who I consider the best mainstream broadcaster in the business, possibly in the history of commercial television, never questions the orthodoxy of Osama bin Laden being the guy behind Sept. 11. She never mentions there is a problem, or even a potential problem, with the facts. I wait for her to do so in faithful anticipation. Indeed, the most left-leaning journalists in the mainstream media, and many in the alternative media (in addition to everyone else), swallow whole the notion that bin Laden did it; that the conspiracy was his alone.

There is a silent presumption; it is accepted, unquestioned, as religious orthodoxy. In what seems to be a perpetual, unshakable consensus of the working media, nobody is allowed to so much as inquire what is wrong with the official story.

That is the one thing that Jon Stewart has in common with Glenn Beck; that Barack Obama has in common with Dick Cheney; that Rachel Maddow has in common with Rush Limbaugh.

Whether you’re writing in The Washington Post or The Washington Times, or The New York Post or The New York Times, you swallow this ‘truth’ of the official 9/11 story like a Catholic swallows the host: without chewing, and without question. Even Amy Goodman refuses to give airtime to what has become known as the 9/11 Truth Movement: the people demanding to know what really happened that day. And that, I think, is amazing, given the significant questions that exist (including many raised by architects and engineers), and given how many Americans don’t trust the official story.

Among other surveys, a Scripps-Howard poll found that, “Thirty-six percent of respondents overall said it is ‘very likely’ or ‘somewhat likely’ that federal officials either participated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or took no action to stop them ‘because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East’.”

I understand the lack of trust that the public feels. We all know that a lot of people have made princely sums of money on the War on Terror, and that alone is reason to be suspect. We know that since Watergate (a far-reaching crime that has been reduced to a word), people have struggled, with good reason, to trust the government. George W. Bush ignoring the warning in the CIA’s presidential daily briefing from Aug. 6, 2001 looks a lot like complicity.

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World Trade Center 7, or the Salomon Brothers building, shortly before it collapsed in its footprint at 5:21 pm on Sept. 11, 2001. Most people don’t know that a third tower of the Trade Center complex even existed, much less that it fell down that day. Photographer unknown.

I also understand the issue that journalists face. Nobody in a prominent position wants to be accused of being a conspiracy theorist, or of sympathizing with them. They don’t want to seem flaky, especially if they go out on limbs other ways (and many brave journalists do). Nobody with a decent job wants to cash in all of their credibility raising the issue, nor do they want to discover one day that their brakes failed at 70 mph.

Plus, there are no definitive answers; the story has no payoff. When you question why, for example, Tower 7 of the World Trade Center fell down on its footprint on the afternoon of Sept. 11, having been hit by no airplane, there is only a question. And that question has some very serious implications. It’s better not to open that can of worms — or not to be the one who tries. I give Michael Moore a lot of credit for raising some of the right questions in Fahrenheit 911.

Yet there is something else going on, something deeper than politics. On the most superficial level, everyone seems to be buying into the old story of good and evil. There is a game of victim consciousness — and I don’t mean the actual victims of whatever happened on Sept. 11; I mean how victimization became a cultural event. Victimization requires a perpetrator. If you have an emotional need to accept that your country is the symbol of all that is good, and you secretly know that it’s not, then you have to see that evil someplace else. Jungian analysts don’t think this is a conscious process — but we’ve all seen it and felt it, and we often know when we’re doing it. It’s just when the whole society gets into the act, it’s sometimes really hard to tell.

Mercury and Saturn, Trading Places

It’s easy to see the issues that became the 9/11 Truth Movement in the chart for the North Tower. By that, I mean in this chart we see the obvious potential for the incident being an inside job or a collaboration between the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’. It would not be the first time in history that this has happened. Treason is against the law because it exists.

There is a rule in astrology called mutual reception. Planets that occupy one another’s signs can also be viewed as swapping places. Mercury (the secret enemy) is in Libra (a sign co-ruled by Saturn), and it trades places with Saturn, the planet of government, which is in Gemini (a sign Mercury rules).

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Not a bad guy inherently, but in the Sept. 11 chart, Saturn represents the shadow government (basically, the Cheney/Rove administration as opposed to the Bush administration). Photo from Cassini Mission/APOD.

Said directly, Saturn in Gemini is in reception to Mercury in Libra. The two function as one entity, cycling energy between them as one system. They are also in a perfect trine aspect — an aspect of cooperation that Martha Lang-Wescott once said (long before 9/11) translated to “you lie and I’ll swear to it.”

What does that look like in real life? We could mention that bin Laden starts his career as a CIA operative, fighting against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Pakistan was the intermediary between him and the United States. It is no surprise that he was found living in the midst of Pakistan’s military elite, half a mile from a military academy.

Or we could remember that George H. W. Bush was sitting at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel with Osama bin Laden’s brother Shafiq the morning of Sept. 11, watching the smoke rise from the Pentagon. This is not a novel; it is reality. They were part of a meeting of the Carlyle Group, the Bush family business, which is essentially an investment firm and holding company that (among other things) develops military contracting firms. Shafiq was an investor in the Carlyle Group, which profited from the wars that followed. If that’s a coincidence, it’s a really weird one.

Or we could remember that his son, George W. Bush, had a long relationship with the Taliban going back at least to when he was governor of Texas — the very government that Osama bin Laden personally financed. That relationship included an energy deal with Enron requiring the Taliban’s cooperation that was no longer forthcoming in 2001. When you research this, the connections between Enron, the Taliban and Bush are so well documented as to be horrifying.

We could also consider that when we had Osama bin Laden all but captured in December 2001, the United States let him go. To me it seemed obvious: we could not have a war without an enemy. Were he to be killed or captured, he would be useless. When alive, he gave the War on Terror brand an identity. Eliminating him would have been like McDonald’s capturing Ronald McDonald.

When you add this to all of the unaccounted-for issues of Sept. 11, starting with the blatantly ignored early warning on Aug. 6, or the fact that the U.S. government was flying NORAD exercises on that day and many federal officials did not know whether the four hijackings were part of the game, or that nobody is admitting that WTC 7 was demolished (nor did the 9/11 Commission even inquire as to how it fell down) it is clear that one guy did not mastermind 9/11.

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Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden.

Meanwhile, we have rarely heard much of what Osama bin Laden had to say for himself. Mostly, we know his face, which is an unusual face for a terrorist because his gaze always seems balanced, present and soulful. In his lengthy obituary Monday, The New York Times did him the service of quoting a 1997 interview he gave to CNN.

The United States, he said, wants to “occupy our countries, steal our resources, impose agents on us to rule us and then wants us to agree to all this. If we refuse to do so, it says we are terrorists. When Palestinian children throw stones against the Israeli occupation, the U.S. says they are terrorists. Whereas when Israel bombed the United Nations building in Lebanon while it was full of children and women, the U.S. stopped any plan to condemn Israel. At the same time that they condemn any Muslim who calls for his rights, they receive the top official of the Irish Republican Army at the White House as a political leader. Wherever we look, we find the U.S. as the leader of terrorism and crime in the world.”

I agree with his analysis. It is actually much worse than he’s saying. I understood that analysis (mainly from reading Noam Chomsky and long talks with my friend Steve) well before I ever heard the name Osama bin Laden. When you start listing the holocausts that the United States has sponsored, whether in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Central America, East Timor, Cambodia, or Vietnam — not to mention the universe of agony and humiliation we have loosed upon the Arab world — you understand better what he’s saying. It starts to look pretty suspicious that we personify evil in this one person, without admitting what our own nation does.

This process is psychological, it has a name, and the name is projection.

Unlike bin Laden, I don’t think the appropriate response is to fight back against these injustices with guns and bombs — that happens to violate my religious and ethical views, and I don’t think it will work. Admittedly I’m not the one getting shot at. I also oppose the death penalty under all circumstances, as do many families of murder victims. But in a world where we pay for children to play video games that involve shooting and blowing up others, and murdering prostitutes (to wit, Grand Theft Auto), and where most of our tax dollars go to bombs, you can hardly blame bin Laden for taking this approach. I am not saying it is ethical or lawful. I am saying it is logical.

What we are doing is, in essence, blaming him for our own actions. And I do mean that literally. Plenty happened on Sept. 11, 2001 that Osama bin Laden could not have done himself — at least not without a lot of help from people with keys to the World Trade Center.

The Projection of Shadow

Psychology has a way to help us past our madness, both individual and cultural. The thing is, this requires the desire to mature, awareness, the willingness to admit one’s mistakes, and some sustained effort.

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Carl Gustav Jung, in 1922.

A psychologist and scholar named Carl Jung explained projection to us. Here is how he described it; his language is a bit formal. “Projection means the expulsion of a subjective content into an object; it is the opposite of introjection. Accordingly, it is a process of dissimilation, by which a subjective content becomes alienated from the subject and is, so to speak, embodied in the object. The subject gets rid of painful, incompatible contents by projecting them.”

I’ll state this again, with my elaborations on his ideas [in brackets].

“Projection means the expulsion of a subjective content [what is in one’s own mind, such as a motive] into an object [into something or someone outside oneself]; it is the opposite of introjection [absorbing the properties of something or someone external]. Accordingly, it is a process of dissimilation [making oneself different from], by which a subjective content [a thought or feeling in your mind] becomes alienated from the subject [oneself] and is, so to speak, embodied in the object [something or someone else]. The subject gets rid of painful, incompatible contents by projecting them.”

Our view of the U S of A as being this great nation that does only good deeds and always spreads democracy is not compatible with the nation that bombs villages with napalm — jellied gasoline dropped burning from airplanes that sticks to human skin, which was used widely in Vietnam. That is not acceptable behavior for our freedom-loving country, so we have to project it onto an evil-doer.

This is largely about relief, but it’s also about protecting our self-image and our pride. The dark or cruel side of our existence — all the people we have killed, starting with the American natives our young nation exterminated, the tens of millions of African slaves we imported — exists as shadow material that we put onto others.

It works on a deeply personal level with individual leaders. Jung explains, “The projection of the personal shadow generally falls on persons of the same sex. On a collective level, it gives rise to war, scapegoating and confrontations between political parties.”

Or, as an author named Paul Levy put it, “Shadow projection is itself the unmediated expression, revelation and playing out of the shadow. Shadow projection, the process in which we ‘demonize’ our enemies, entrancing ourselves into believing that ‘they’ are inhumane monsters who need to be destroyed, is the underlying psychological process which, when collectively mobilized, is the high-octane fuel which feeds the human activity of war.”

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Photo by Eric Francis – Book of Blue, New York.

Levy continues, “Trying to kill our shadow as it appears in the outer world is itself the embodied reflection of our original inner act of splitting off from, projecting out and trying to destroy the dark part of ourselves, which is the impulse at the very root of shadow projection in the first place. In other words, our present-moment ‘inner’ activity of projecting the shadow ‘outside’ of ourselves is being dreamed up and played out in the seemingly ‘external’ world. The outer world is the canvas upon which our inner process embodies, or incarnates itself. We are literally acting out on the world stage our very inner process of disassociating from, projecting out, and trying to destroy our own darkness (emphasis added).”

We do this at our own peril. We not only create pain, which makes more guilt and thus more shadow to project; we are consuming our national resources in an existence of nonstop war. We burn creative energy on conflict, which subtracts it from loving and creating and building and cooperating.

Putting a bullet through Osama bin Laden’s head is just more projection. Everyone is acting as if this, too, will have no consequences.

I have a good friend who’s a truly perceptive psychologist. Her name is Christine Farber. Watching young people dancing in the streets Sunday night, I was so disturbed that I wrote to her to ask her what she thought was going on. I noticed something sexual in the vibes of these people gloating in the death of Osama bin Laden. It seemed like they finally had been given permission to show a little passion; not be so damned cool.

Christine replied:

My 20-year-old nephew is now planning to have Sunday’s date tattooed somewhere on his body; he informed me that he clapped and screamed and danced when he heard the news Sunday night. What are these responses about, at their core? You mention sex; I’m sure you’re on to something, and I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts about this on Friday.

I think about Eros and power and vulnerability and compassion and healing. I mean Eros in the sense of how we rise to meet the world, and what inspires us to do so. We rise differently if we have experienced traveling into our vulnerability — really being there — rather than fleeing from it. Your own writings, especially Book of Blue, describe this experience and the healing and compassion and empowerment that come with it.

Fleeing from vulnerability can still allow for certain expressions of power, that of power over something, which is where I think most of our world is on this issue. Many people felt vicariously powerful hearing the news of BL’s death. I received the following text from someone the next day: “Great for America. Shows the world that no matter what it takes, we’ll get ya!” I heard this same sentiment expressed over and over, and it I saw it in the faces of those chanting “USA” at ballgames, in streets, etc. It’s as though folks were waiting, perhaps desperately, for something to inspire them to rise up to meet the world with passion. Waiting for that something that could allow them to feel powerful. And waiting for something that would help them to feel connected to something larger than themselves (in this case, their country).

If, as a country, we did a little more hanging out with vulnerability — traveling downward, deeply into ourselves; being with those hidden hurts and desires and vulnerabilities — then I think the response to this event would have looked different, very different. Both individual and collective Eros would have other outlets, inspirations, and manifestations. We’d be more able to see through the illusions of violence. We could forgive.

What I find most striking is that people are craving power (which could be fulfilled through empowerment rather than power-over) and connection and inspiration. I like to believe that the jubilation comes from experiencing this — i.e., fulfillment of the more archetypal cravings underlying the experience, even if this fulfillment is short-lived, backward, skewed, and otherwise disturbing. Am I being too optimistic?

Personally, I don’t think so.

Yours & truly,

Eric Francis

Additional Research: Mandy Hall, Eileen Mahood-Jose, Amanda Painter.

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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, May 6, 2011, #858 – BY ERIC FRANCIS

Eric’s Zodiac Sign Descriptions

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — You now have access to parts of your psyche that are so different from who you usually consider yourself to be, that you may feel compelled to reconsider your identity from top to bottom. If your mind is alert and alive, these things happen from time to time; the current theme is how you relate to your feminine side. Until now you may not have fully taken ownership of this aspect of yourself — but then, you may have never associated it with the kind of creativity and passion that you can tap into right now. If there’s a part of you that’s feeling overwhelmed or intimidated, this might be the spot to focus on; to tap into and access some unusual ideas or strength. Even if you do nothing but observe yourself, you will notice something truly different over the next few days, and that something different points to a new source of wisdom. Here is the thing: you are an Aries and this astrology is happening in your sign. You make your awareness real by acting on it.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — What seems to be a hidden matter or cause is not so hidden at all. In fact, it’s everywhere you look. You’re not sleeping, so what transpires in your life follows the logic of the waking world and not a dream. For the conscious, denial is not an option, and besides, nothing happening in your charts suggests you have something to deny — except for one thing. You seem to be struggling to come to terms with fear. Fear comes in response to what you think of as ‘the unknown’. There seems to be so much, but I assure you, it’s not so unknown. You merely need to look at your life and collect evidence of what is so. I suggest you consider strongly what you think of as your potential, including your unexpressed talents. What is your reasoning process as regards these sources of energy, pleasure and abundance? What do you tell yourself, when it comes to your ideas about your own development and growth? Check your logic.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Think of all the times you felt excluded: too special to fit in, too ordinary to fit in, too smart to fit in. Then in some odd way you emerged as a leader. Remember all the times you felt insecure, only to discover that you were really the dependable one, in possession of some actual confidence. There is something to be said for this approach to life; it’s a way to cultivate modesty, and you’ve used it as a way to focus your objectivity. It’s also a form of camouflage. But let’s consider something else. Imagine you enter the situations you encounter without making any of those assumptions. Neither do you assume you’re better in any way; but let’s start by removing any possibility of a handicap. Let’s start assuming you have a leadership role; that you know your mind is the most creative one around; and that your intellect has a mobile quality that allows you to see above, beneath and around every situation. Use what you’ve got, kid. And don’t hide it.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — There is something about your professional aspirations, or your potential, that is truly unusual — and now is the time to put that where the whole world can see it. Stay visible; make sure people know your accomplishments. Be absolutely real, and forget all the ways you think you’ve failed, or haven’t lived up, or have taken too long to get where you’re going. Tell yourself the other side of the story. You dare. You persist, even when you have your doubts. You may need proof to believe you’re an innovator, but let me speak for your astrology. You are one, and that quality is emerging from you at its strongest (probably ever) in these very days and weeks of your life. One factor of success of any kind is thinking of yourself as that successful person. If you can identify with the notion of achievement, or of yourself as a person who is talented and accomplished, you can be that person. Give it a try.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — It’s time to set one new goal. You may have more; but pick the most important one, and pick a timeframe wherein you want to make it happen. I suggest giving yourself a little more time than you think; perhaps double what you think would be a best-case scenario, so you have space to get your work done. Then break down the steps to making it happen, and go for it — one meticulous step at a time. Remember that step one is the vision. It’s knowing what you intend or desire to create, and then putting the full focus of your mind behind it. This is partly an exercise in how it’s possible to accomplish anything at all, so remember the steps you took on the way to this particular project, because you’ll need them for the next. Now is the time to create and refine your method, because you will get to use it over and over again during the next few months.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Now is the time to consider your investments — and any debts you may have — in a new way. Debts, even small ones, can be a significant mental burden for many people, equivalent to the financial burden. It’s the idea of owing money that becomes as difficult as any other part, and that has a way of taking over one’s identity. I suggest devising a way of thinking of any money you owe as something other than who you are. On the other side of the ledger are your investments. What have you put your energy into the past few years? What commitments have you made, and what agreements are you in? Looked at rationally, are you getting a sufficient return on your investments? In what form does that return arrive? There seems to be a question, because your charts speak of both a drive to do something innovative, and a longing for freedom. As you shift your identity from what you owe to what you give, you will get a more authentic idea of who you are.

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Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — For all you’ve been confronted with lately — and there is a lot — you know where your true loyalties are. Remember them. Your charts speak of many options open, many possibilities, new horizons and a few disruptions. While you’re in the midst of navigating all of this, you’re figuring out what means the most to you, and why. It’s excellent to have a solid feeling about at least one thing. Lest you think you should have it about everything, imagine what it would be like to have no solid ground at all, nobody you can trust, no assurance that there is someone who truly values you. There are plenty of people who have no idea what any of this feels like, or it’s been so long they’ve forgotten. Remind yourself what helps you keep your sanity and your grounding. And remember that being this person to others counts, even if it’s in subtle ways.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Please stop obsessing over your health. I know the environment and most of the food we eat are toxic. We’re all getting older. But your mental pattern is not helping — and you’re well positioned to change your mind. I suggest you start with an idea of what it means to be healthy. Create a concept of wellbeing. Make it original. I suggest you include your idea of relationships that support your presence in the world, your sense of belonging and most of all, your productivity. It’s essential that you not compromise who you are in order to be acceptable in a relationship. This should go without saying, but the world has some rather different notions of what it means to ‘be together’ so we do need to keep the topic upfront in your mind. Remember — your concept of relating to others needs to be flexible, as do the people you relate to. You’ll figure out whether that is true soon enough.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You are still in the idea phase; you’ve yet to really get down to work, though now is the time for that. Yes, it’s definitely still the time to focus on the concept of what you’re doing, and the chance you want to take on something — however, the moment is ripe to start doing the real work. That should feel like construction of some kind; a transition from paper to wood, from a sketch to clay; from entirely flexible ideas to an experiment with the materials you will use. You need to get your body into the project, and get your hands dirty. As you do this, you’ll feel the change in your thinking; there is a dimension shift involved, and once you move into 3D, that will have the effect of sculpting your thoughts and ideas. And you need to be shaped by them as much as they need to be shaped by you — though it’s only going to happen in physical reality, in real time. Perhaps even with a welding torch.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — For the past few weeks it’s like you’ve been running the triathlon. One emotional challenge after the next has surfaced; one fear after the next, compelling you to take charge of your life in what seems like a different way every day. Now that whole sequence of challenges has passed. It’s gone on so long you may still be braced for the next one. You still have body memory of every day facing a challenge different from the prior one. I suggest you take a moment and appreciate the relative calm. But do so only long enough for you to take action on what you kept wanting to do before, but which kept getting interrupted. You have much more support right now, and you’re feeling stronger. One by one, planets are about to enter your fellow earthy sign Taurus, which is going to feed you energy. Use it well, while you have the opportunity — and it is truly an opportunity.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Yes, what you’re thinking is original, yes, it’s a little weird, and yes, it’s a good idea. There are a lot of good ideas — so many in fact, it’s a little tragic. I say that because most of those ideas don’t ever get applied to the problems they were intended to solve, or manifest in the form of something useful; that’s the part that takes work. Yet it takes discernment to recognize that what you’re thinking has a value. I assure you that it does, and that it has a value beyond what you can imagine now. Now, this whole concept of value is going to be the big question over the next few years, and I strongly suggest you put your mind to this question — the value of ideas, and of your ideas. Value must be recognized and acted on; if you hesitate between the two, ask yourself why you’re doing so. Time does not last forever. Meditation is a virtue; hesitation is not.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You’re well on the way to figuring out you exist. I’m not kidding when I say that most people don’t know they exist. If they did, they would live differently than they do. And as you make the latest in your ongoing series of self-discoveries, you will choose to live differently, in ways both subtle and bold. You’re in the process of making a discovery that has not quite come into focus yet, though as it does, you will see that the way to certain decisions is open, where before it seemed blocked. One important dimension of this discovery is about your relationship between self-esteem and money. Said another way, it’s about self-respect and power. Once you respect who you are, your power ceases to be compromised. You are less vulnerable to manipulation. And success will seem less like an alien thing and more like something you do naturally every day.

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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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