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Once Upon a Time in Boston

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New York Times from April 20, 2013, shows SWAT team about to enter the home of Watertown residents without a warrant or probable cause. None dare call it martial law. Photo by Eric Francis.

Dear Friend and Reader:

I walked into Dominick’s Cafe to buy some newspapers on Saturday, April 20, and Dominick asked me: “What the heck just happened in Boston?”

That’s the question, isn’t it. And it’s a good one.

The fairytale version goes like this: Terrifying, mysterious bombers attacked the crowd at a great athletic event. The nation spared no expense, used its best technology and figured out who might have done the terrible deed, then sent its bravest fighters in to catch them. Everyone helped with this effort. One suspect was killed; the other took flight, was hunted down and was caught.

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Bag at the exact scene of one of the explosions was not a backpack, as police claim the bombs were contained in. Was this really the bomb? What about the backpacks?

Then all the people of the kingdom came out in the streets and cheered the brave warriors who had saved the day, joyful that they were now safe again.

Alternate versions go like this: we witnessed a vast over-reaction by public officials; or we saw a planned event designed to insure the budgets of federal agencies against sequestration.

Or, people who federal anti-terrorism authorities knew about and were supposed to be watching went overlooked.

Or like many other events, this was a Shock Doctrine event designed to destabilize society in some way, and force yet another take-away of individual rights, complete with a martial law drill/mass psychology experiment conducted in the virgin target of Boston. Depending on what country is eventually blamed, we may be looking at an excuse to go to war. One problem we have now is that what I call the “false flag meme” is extremely popular — that creates a lot of noise when trying to sort out the truth behind the official story.

I heard about the bombing of the Boston Marathon shortly after it happened Monday afternoon April 15 on a flight from Portland, Oregon, to Chicago. Fortunately, it was a flight with WiFi. However, the first thing I did before reading any of the news reports was to cast the chart. In doing forensic astrology (if possible), I prefer to see the chart before I know the facts, then make some observations and perhaps come up with a theory. Then I study the facts to either dismiss or support my hunches.

What I noticed first about the chart was that Neptune is looming on the western horizon. Also called the 7th house or descendant (opposite the ascendant, which is to the east), that angle of a chart gives a picture of the environment and describes one’s relationship to one’s environment. Neptune’s themes cover illusions, delusions, denial and deception. Neptune also includes inspiration, a talent for fantasy, music and photography and in a natal chart, it can point to one’s taste for drink and drugs.

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Many photos of the scene were accused of being fakes. This turned out to be a real photo of Jeff Bauman, who in fact lost both of his legs in the bombing. Photo by Charles Krupa, AP.

Neptune in the 7th is a warning to be especially discerning about what you see, hear and think. My sense was that everything we were about to be told would be distorted, incorrect or made up.

Moments after seeing the chart, I posted to Planet Waves: “Nothing says ‘don’t trust the story’ like Neptune on the 7th. It’s like looking into a fog, and you need special vision to see through it.”

So began a week of misreported facts, misidentified suspects, conflicting versions of the story, government officials offering facts, then taking them back, photos circulating around the Internet featuring scenes that could have come out of movie studios, plus all the usual stories of selfless heroism, love of country and determination to go on. The bombing happened not just at the Boston Marathon but also on a day venerated in Boston — Patriot’s Day, commemorating the start of the American Revolution in 1775.

It was a perfectly strange week in every other way. Just 48 hours after the 200 people were hurt in a domestic bombing incident, the Senate voted down a series of measures designed to keep assault rifles out of the hands of known felons and terrorists. This is newsworthy on a galactic scale. Now the next time we have a mass shooting incident, we’ll know it was officially endorsed by the United States Senate, in the name of keeping us all safer.

Letters laced with the poison ricin were allegedly sent to the president and a senator, and a suspect was arrested and charged with the crime. He was later released because there was no evidence against him. There was a massive explosion in a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, close to the anniversary of another fertilizer explosion in 1947 that killed nearly 600 people. There were many, many other horrid anniversaries in American history the week of the bombing.

Then early in the evening of Thursday, April 18, the FBI released photos of its proposed suspects in the Boston incident, beginning one of the strangest days in modern American history — the 7-Eleven robbery that may or may not have been part of the scenario, the MIT campus officer shot for no special reason, the carjacking and the midnight firefight that allegedly killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, a suspect in the bombings. These developments are what we’re told turned Watertown, Massachusetts, into a war zone.

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Did these men really do the bombings? Did they have help? Were there additional suspects? Many times people are accused falsely in high-profile cases, and other times they have assistance.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, after casually going to school the day after the bombing, allegedly went on the run. Boston metro area was put under martial law; Harvard, Brandeis, Boston University, MIT and other campuses were shut down.

We witnessed the most impressive show of force aimed at a civilian population on domestic soil ever, as the new Homeland Security militarized police apparatus was rolled out before our eyes, with its robots and X-ray vision. A terrifying door-to-door search ensued. I have a friend in Watertown who was horrified as eight “heavily armed men” searched her condo without a warrant or any actual reason, as she and her kids watched. I have heard next to no commentary or questioning whether this was a violation of the 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search of one’s home.

The suspect was then discovered unarmed, outside the police perimeter thanks to a neighbor who noticed blood on the white tarp covering his boat, looked inside and thought he saw a dead body. The reason that didn’t happen sooner? Everyone had been ordered indoors.

That person, we’re told, was Dzhokhar, who was bleeding so badly he was barely alive. He had, by some miracle, allegedly engaged hundreds of military police in a prolonged firefight without a gun. I was watching at around 7 pm last week just before he was captured, and heard the ongoing gunfire. Exactly what was happening? Who was shooting whom? Was this pure theatrics?

As for his injury: one version of the story goes that he tried to shoot himself in the neck, but missed. One of the purported SWAT team members at the scene said in an interview his neck injury looked like it was inflicted with a knife.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was allegedly so weak he could barely move. How did he wage a firefight with dozens of SWAT team members only to be found without a gun? Image: CBS News.

Through the week, many rumors surfaced — the InfoWars and Natural News disinfo distribution stations were running around the clock like overheated mimeograph machines, calling foul. Working with collaborators around the ‘net on my Conspiracy Response Task Force, we debunked various theories and attempted to assemble valid facts. It felt like swimming up a waterfall of lies. For example, the FEMA event in town that day, supposed proof that the big bosses were all in town for the show, turned out to be a previously scheduled class at Harvard.

The athletic coach running in the marathon who heard an announcement that “this is a drill” was the only person who described that; a second witness would have made his account more plausible. But there does seem to have been some use of the “drill” rumor that day. Then there was the one about the Boston Globe tweet allegedly predicting the incident. That tweet came out an hour after the fact, not in advance, and referred to something else. We do our best to trace these kinds of rumors and ideas back to the source, to cut down on the noise.

Yet as we went through the reported details, no part of the story came out intact. It was like adding a list of numbers from the bottom and the top, getting different results every time. All of these major crime scenes have an element of chaos, and there are always unresolved issues, but it’s not usually like this, with the “facts” changing every hour. There was a lot of sloppy news reporting, but that seemed to magnify a problem that already existed.

Then as the week progressed, we learned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother, was the subject of an international terrorism inquiry in 2011. The Russian government had asked the FBI to look into him; the FBI investigated and interviewed him, and said it had no reason to suspect him of anything. This is at best bad police work and at worst a cover story. Later in the week we learned that he was also known to the Department of Homeland Security and the CIA. Who was this guy? Was he really a threat who the government ignored, or was he an asset?

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Sunil Tripathi, falsely accused of the bombings, had gone missing in March and was found dead this week in waters off India Point Park, Rhode Island. Family photo.

What is true and what is not? Neptune indeed. The sense of chaos, confusion, slippery facts and squirming versions of the truth are all attributes of Neptune.

But Chiron is also in the 7th house, close to Neptune, and that suggests that clarity is available, and that it will come if one focuses on documented information first and honors intuition second. (This order of operations is not only true — it’s my reading of this particular chart. In almost any chart, however, Chiron will emphasize the idea of tracking what we know and how we know it — one of its themes is documentation.)

The chart for the Boston Marathon bombing has several plot lines that unfold simultaneously. Charts often have that attribute, and it’s necessary to sort out the significators as carefully as possible — that is, to have a clear sense what planet represents whom, or what. This can take a little time to sort out, but with patience, it happens. The chart has proven to time the events well and describe them accurately. Let’s take a closer look and see what it says.

Orcus is Rising

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Minor planet sort from Serennu.com showing Orcus rising in the chart for the Boston bombings. This represents the lurking fear that was used to terrorize the whole metro area and indeed the country. Ophelia is an asteroid delineated by Martha Lang Wescott: “A point of over-reaction and counterproductive reactions (linked to mistrust of one’s value to others and concern about deception).”

This chart has Virgo rising, and right in the exact degree rising was a newly discovered planet called Orcus. Essentially the twin of Pluto, located in the same region of space (the inner Kuiper Belt), Orcus was named for an early European prototype from the Hades/Pluto cycle of myths.

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Chart for the Boston Marathon bombing. Though it’s not shown in this chart, the ascendant is occupied by Orcus at 3+ Virgo. It’s a planet similar to Pluto, named for an older god of death and the underworld.

He’s an underworld god, and he has a famous namesake in modern literature — J.R.R. Tolkien named his monstrous, smelly orcs after Orcus. Orcus in the ascendant is an image of the troll under the bridge; the lurking factor of which we must be very afraid.

Virgo rising suggests something meticulously planned by intelligent people. The bombs went off less than 15 seconds apart, and they performed as designed. Indeed, one thing Virgo rising tells us about this plot is that it was meticulously planned. Even though the end decayed into chaos, that, too, appears to have been planned, since it seems so ‘destined’ by the chart, and Virgo leaves little to chance.

Here’s where we see that. When Virgo is rising, the next place to look is the planet that rules Virgo — Mercury, and that turned out to be an influential planet as the event unfolded. Mercury in a world chart like this can represent a person, and it can represent an idea or a message — whatever message comes out of the incident, whatever is taken by the public.

Mercury was newly in Aries, after months in Pisces. In the bombing chart it is on the Aries Point, indicating the intersection of something deeply personal with something widely collective. (By the way — I underestimated the power of the Mercury sign change to Aries, after it had spent more than two months in Pisces. I knew enough to read this one, but I missed it: it was as if Mercury was gathering energy in Pisces and then released it all moments after it got into Aries, making contact with the Aries Point.)

Plus, at the time of the bombings, Mercury was about to make a conjunction to Uranus in Aries — and pass through the Uranus-Pluto square that defines what I call the 2012 era — approximately 2011-2016, with a few years on either side as a warmup and cool-down. Mercury made that pass the weekend of April 21-22. What we witnessed was a generational event. It was an event that sent us a message about the nature of the times in which we’re living.

Planets as People

Early in my inquiry, I saw Mercury as representing a young person. My take is that Mercury represents Dzhokhar, the younger brother, in the capacity of one who seems to have been haplessly drawn into this plot. As Mercury made its exact conjunction to Uranus, the scenario seemed too crazy, Dzhokhar was on the run and Boston was under martial law.

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Focus of the action in the bombing chart. Notice Neptune, the blue trident, on the 7th house cusp. Nessus is right below it, indicating a culprit that is out of sight. Mercury, in green, is about to make a conjunction to Uranus, in blue.

In a terrorism plot, there’s also the matter of a secret enemy — the behind-the-scenes perpetrator. We find information on that in the sign and planet that rule the 12th house. Leo is on the 12th house cusp — and that says to look at the Sun (the ruler of Leo). This character in the story is dramatic and important-seeming. The Aries Sun is about to make a conjunction to Mars, which has the image of dying violently.

I believe this represents Tamerlan, the older brother. Tamerlan is also the international connection — Sun/Mars is on the 9th house cusp. There is some involvement with a foreign government or other large influence, or the scenario will be portrayed that way.

We don’t know his actual involvement in this, and the chart portrays him more as a victim, that is, as a scapegoat, than as a perpetrator. Now he’s dead in the style of Lee Harvey Oswald, and we won’t ever hear from him.

There’s one last plot line to cover. The 7th house, where Neptune is looming, is also the house of open enemies (as contrasted with secret ones). We know that Neptune is sitting there in Pisces, warning us that nothing in the official version of events may be true. Pisces also has a traditional ruler — Jupiter. Jupiter will tell the story of who the open enemy really is, once we look past the movie-like illusion of Neptune.

Where is it, and what story does it tell? Jupiter is in Gemini, and also the 10th house of government. It’s in a strange condition — called intercepted, which means that Gemini has no house cusp running through it (this doesn’t happen in every chart, and it can happen anywhere when it does).
Intercepted Gemini is like a house hidden within the 10th house, which you can think of as the inner sanctum of government, the intelligence establishment or black operations of some kind.

There are a number of scenarios that fit, but the most basic reading is how various ‘intelligence’ agencies of the U.S. government knew that he existed. What their actual relationship to him was has yet to be exposed. We just don’t know, and we may never know — though the influence of Chiron and other factors in this chart suggests that the truth may yet come out. At this point, I think that there is no basis for ruling out anything. We know that the federal government has been involved in bomb plots before.

This chart has many alignments with the chart for the 9/11 incident. That Jupiter is conjunct the 9/11 Saturn to the degree, and Saturn is one of the most influential planets in the 9/11 chart. The Moon is within two degrees of the 9/11 Moon. There are many other alignments — the charts fit together like puzzle pieces.

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Gemini, above left, doesn’t have a house cusp running through it. That’s called an interception. Jupiter and other planets are tucked away in a ‘house within a house’ and represent a subplot to the story. The government is represented by the 10th house in most charts.

In closing I will say this. If you’re thinking that two bombs justified the house arrest of more than a million people, please think more slowly. These ideas would best be phrased as questions rather than as statements. Was that governmental response justified? What was the emotional cost, and the price we paid in our freedom?

What is the agenda that will ultimately be served? Seeing who benefits is the best way to understand something; in that sense, the truth of whodunnit matters less than the truth of who exploits something.

Many people who lived through having their homes searched are emotionally traumatized. They may never think of the concept of ‘home’ the same way again. Yet as gun advocates push their strict reading of the 2nd Amendment, they miss the point of the 4th Amendment.

Our social contract in the U.S. is clear. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…” Was the response we witnessed reasonable, in the moral and legal sense of the word? We need to have a long conversation with our neighbors about this.

We also need a national conversation. What we witnessed in Boston, from the improvised explosive devices to the firefights in urban areas to the door-to-door searches, sound a lot like what the American government has been involved with in Afghanistan and Iraq for more than 10 years. The war literally came home to Boston and its suburbs and raged in the streets and door to door. Every aspect of life was disrupted.

We don’t like bombs going off in our public places and I hope we on’t like armored vehicles in our neighborhoods, SWAT teams in our homes and high-powered rifles being fired in the streets.

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The new concept of ‘police’ is different from the beat cop casually swinging his baton. It’s paramilitary force that was put on display in Boston last week. Photo: The Boston Globe.

It’s also time to ask when we’re going to stop doing this to other countries, and using everything as an excuse to ramp up militarization, constantly preparing for threats.

James Madison, one of the most beloved fathers of the American Revolution, cautioned us at the 1787 Constitutional Convention: “Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

It’s also time for ‘non-political’ people to raise questions about the conduct of our leaders, both at home and abroad. It’s time to learn not to feel like an asshole for actually caring — and for being willing to speak up, including when it’s considered socially inappropriate. Which is usually.

And this is the heart of where the political intersects with the personal. To what extent are your views shaped by what is acceptable to society, including to your friends? When you begin to consider other ideas, and they start to threaten the worldview you’ve had since childhood, how do you feel and what do you do?

This is where the Boston Marathon bombing becomes a deeply personal question; indeed, a spiritual question.


Thanks to my Rumor Debunking and Crisis Reporting Team: Fe Bongolan, Liam Carey, Amanda Painter, Susan Scheck, Carol van Strum, Lizanne Webb and many, many Planet Waves friends on Facebook who helped us track this story the past two weeks.


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The Perfect Chart: Citizen Hearing on ET Disclosure

Beginning Monday, the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is set to take place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The format is a congressional hearing, though featuring six former federal lawmakers who will question a wide diversity of witnesses and take 30 hours of testimony.

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View of the ‘cantina’ scene from Star Wars, featuring critters from hither and yonder, directed by George Lucas.

The hearing takes place just a week after the release of the film Sirius, which purportedly exposes the use
of alien technology and its influence on the economy, as well as the government coverup of UFOs.

I’ve been waiting for something like this for years. Though it’s being mocked as a “mock hearing,” what exactly do people want, if a “real” hearing is not going to happen anytime soon? It’s not a mock hearing if there are real witnesses, and the witness list includes many retired military and government officials, including former Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell and many other retired officers with the rank of captain or colonel.

Stephen Bassett, executive director of Paradigm Research Group, which has created next week’s Citizen Hearing, said in a recent interview that “credible evidence for the extraterrestrial presence is overwhelming.” He believes that Congress and the media intentionally suppress the story, which is obvious since we have all either seen a UFO or know people who have had an encounter of some kind. Two U.S. presidents have reported encounters as well — Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Featuring many of the world’s top UFOlogists and ET specialists, the hearing is designed to raise public awareness of the issue and get the media to cover it, though so far that hasn’t worked well.

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Lynn Woolsey, who represented California to the House of Representatives from 1993-2003, will chair the hearings.

Retired U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma, California, who represented Marin and Sonoma counties for more than 20 years, will preside over a panel of six former federal lawmakers. The entire event will be webcast live in English and Spanish, and then archived in several additional languages, including Hindi and Mandarin. The event reportedly has a budget of $600,000, which was provided by an anonymous donor.

And it has a very impressive chart. Casting for the official start of proceedings at 9 am Monday in Washington, the first thing that jumps out at me is that the chart’s relationship angle — the western horizon or 7th house cusp — is pointed right at the Galactic Core, that is, the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. That is the perfect image of reaching out for ‘the other’ and potentially making contact.

The chart has ever-populist Pisces on the 10th house cusp — the government angle. The highest planet is Neptune. Much like we’ve been seeing with Neptune on the 7th house cusp of the Boston Marathon chart, this indicates some kind of denial trip, distortion or coverup on the part of the government. It also describes the idealism of the organizers of the conference.

Chiron is also high up, also in the 10th house, suggesting that there’s the potential for clarity and a breakthrough. It’s a potential moment of healing on this issue. But Neptune is powerful, and it’ll be necessary to cut through the confusion and paranoia first.

Two other things. Do you see all those planets packed into the house on the top left of the chart? That’s the 11th house of the citizenry — the people. There’s so much there, it looks like the cantina scene from Star Wars. Everyone is there. It represents the vast, diverse public willing to listen and get some perspective on this issue. Uranus standing right outside the 11th suggests that there’s a kind of revolution possible, though Eris right inside the 11th is warning against the intellectual chaos that usually surrounds this issue.

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Chart for the start of the Citizen Hearing on ET Disclosure.

Yes, some people will think the whole thing is too weird, but as Ellie Arroway said in the film Contact, Hollywood has been making money off of aliens for years. Everyone knows the phenomenon is real. But the stone dead silence of the government and corporate community is enough to drive anyone mad.

One other detail. The chart has the Moon newly arrived in Capricorn. It arrives in the new sign just an hour before the proceedings begin, and spends the first half of the conference in that sign. The Moon in Capricorn means that it’s square the Aries Point (in this case, to less than one degree), and that is about public contact. It also describes a vibration that aligns with the retired government sources who are speaking at the event.

The Moon in early Capricorn, about to make a conjunction to Pluto, tells us that the Moon passes through the Uranus-Pluto square during the early part of the conference. That’s the 2012 aspect — the standing wave pattern that’s behind so much of the current changes we’re experiencing. The Moon is another descriptor of ‘the public’, which to me looks like some kind of a breakthrough is actually possible. A lot of people have been waiting for something like this, and in its own way, this event is a statement of the times in which we’re living.

I, for one, plan to be listening to the testimony eagerly. — efc


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May 2013: Moving Heaven and Earth

The story of May 2013 continues a story begun in late April — that of eclipses along the passionate Taurus/Scorpio axis. This comes simultaneously with a large grouping of planets in Taurus, which will include Mercury, Venus, the Sun and Mars all contributing heat and action, plus the asteroid Pallas Athene contributing a cool, reflective and intellectual quality that will come in handy.

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The partial lunar eclipse in Scorpio was Thursday, April 25, the first eclipse in a series of three. The Sun was conjunct Mars and the Moon was conjunct Saturn. Mars and Saturn are still in an opposition aspect. The energy of the eclipse is still cooking. Glyph legend here.

This is also the season of Beltane — the time noted by the Old Religion when the connection between sex, fertility and prosperity comes to the forefront. That is exact May 5, though for several reasons this year has an extended and unusually powerful Beltane season. That is related to the eclipses that have found their way into our current region of the zodiac.

May is also the month of the third of seven Uranus-Pluto squares, which span from June 2012 through March 2015. I call this the “2012 Era Aspect,” and it’s the thing that — whether we see it or not — is shaping our world into the next world we will inhabit. I’ll come back to that — let’s start with the eclipses.

Eclipses are about making progress — they take us from one region of our lives to another. They are like rifts in the landscape of time, dividing one kind of territory and experience from another. They help us shift and create patterns, that is, let go of old ways of living and evolve into new ones. Spring is a perfect time of year for a series of eclipses, as the energy is already rising up out of the ground.

In the time of eclipses, it’s necessary to project your life in the direction you want, and in a sense, to look where you want to be. It can be easy to be caught up in the drama of the moment, though there is enormous creative power in these events.

Most of the time eclipses come in pairs; the current run is a group of three. The first of these was Thursday, April 25, and was a partial lunar eclipse in Scorpio. Think of that as a very precisely aligned Full Moon, but not quite aligned enough to have a dramatic visual effect.

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Taurus New Moon annular solar eclipse. Look at all those planets stuffed into Taurus! It’s a regular herd of bovine critters, including Mercury, Mars, Pallas and the South Node, along with the Moon and the Sun. The eclipse is exactly conjunct Pallas, suggesting a thoughtful approach to unbridled passion. Glyph legend here.

Such eclipses can, however, have a significant spiritual influence, and this one is about draining old, clogged-up or sticky emotions. It’s about letting go of attachment to the past, since the eclipse is conjunct Saturn in Scorpio. It’s the first necessary step in the process. Saturn in Scorpio (which lasts into 2015 if you include its retrograde) is about clearing out our antiquated, ancestral, past-life values about the mysteries of existence, principal among them sex and death. There’s a need to unravel the taboos on these topics, and to dissolve the emotional plaque that is clogging the conversation.

Next up is a solar eclipse in Taurus. This is an annular eclipse (what would be a total eclipse, but the Moon is too far from the Earth to block the Sun fully) in Taurus. This is also the Taurus New Moon. It happens as part of a cluster of planets in Taurus that includes (in order of degree) Mars, Mercury, the Sun, the Moon and Pallas Athene. The whole arrangement is loosely opposite Saturn, but implying that we can indeed be free of any emotional blockages, or we have them out of the way for now.

What’s unusual about this eclipse is that it’s conjunct one of the first-discovered asteroids — Pallas Athene. She has a diversity of themes, including strategy, law, government, guardianship and one’s relationship to one’s father. In a sense this calls attention to our relationship with Big Daddy — the government — which is increasingly becoming a spiritual theme.

There’s also something here about living with a conscious strategy. It’s true that various forms of psychology and spirituality are suspicious of having a strategy; it’s often equated with one’s heart being closed. However here on the physical plane, it’s necessary to direct one’s life with intention, and I think this is what Pallas is saying in the most personal sense.

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Penumbral lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. This is an exciting chart. The Sun and Moon are both square Neptune, which is dreamy and idealistic, even a bit visionary — and Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction. That’s about using the full spectrum of your intelligence — physical, mental and emotional. The ‘spiritual’ angle enters through Neptune, though that’s the one that’s more challenging to grasp, being elusive to many but accessible to some. Glyph legend here.

Finally, there is a third eclipse — a penumbral eclipse of the Moon — that takes place May 25. This is four days after the Sun has ingressed Gemini, so you might think of it as being on another slice of the orange. It’s the last eclipse on the Gemini / Sagittarius axis for several years.

By this time, much of the sky will have shifted into Gemini — including the Sun, plus Venus and Mercury (in a lovely conjunction), all of which are joining Jupiter. The eclipse has an idealism and optimism to it — it’s exactly square Neptune, the planet of dreams. The Mercury-Venus conjunction is saying: use the whole spectrum of your intelligence. That means mental, emotional and intuitive.

Remember your independence. Remember that you’re free to adopt another point of view than the ones the people around you might be taking. Don’t be surprised if you see the world a particular way and others don’t quite get it — that’s temporary.

There’s one last feature for May, and that is the Uranus-Pluto square, part three of seven. As I’ve written before, this is the first major Uranus-Pluto aspect since the 1960s. Indeed, what we think of the 1960s was all about such an aspect — the conjunction, in Virgo. Nearly half a century later this has evolved into the square, which reaches across the cardinal signs from Aries to Capricorn.

Uranus is about revolution and Pluto is about evolution. Uranus in Aries is encouraging radical self-awareness and expression, and Pluto in Capricorn is provoking deep questioning of ‘the system’, the family system, society and our role in it. Who knows what sense of progress will be in the air, as Uranus and Pluto meet up for the third time in the midst of these glorious, intriguing eclipses.

The spiritual path tells us that all progress starts within. This aspect is the perfect blend of self-consciousness plus a deep need to work the interior, the shadow side, the structures that we’ve internalized unconsciously — and set ourselves free, always mindful of the necessary balance of liberty and responsibility.


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Alleged Sarin in Syria: Another Day, Another Rumor of War

The White House said Thursday that it believes the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in its civil war, an assessment that could test President Obama ’s repeated warnings that such an attack could precipitate American intervention in Syria.

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Not good for critters — test rabbit is used to check for leaks of the toxin in a Colorado sarin facility, 1970. Photo from Wikipedia.

It is not encouraging that this development coincided with a lunar eclipse, as the issue emerging this day may indicate that it will become a persistent issue. It also raises the potential that some people in the defense establishment are pushing for yet another war in the Middle East. The story is likely to develop rapidly as Mars makes its exact opposition to Saturn on Wednesday. That is likely to bring a key turning point in the issue.

The White House, in a letter sent Thursday to congressional leaders, said the nation’s intelligence agencies assessed “with varying degrees of confidence” that the government of President Bashar al-Assad had used the chemical agent sarin on a small scale. The “varying” part seems to be about conflicts in reports from different agencies.

Sarin is a powerful neurotoxin and is one of the most potent acute poisons known to science. It kills people by paralyzing the nerves that regulate breathing, essentially suffocating them. It was manufactured widely during the Cold War and stockpiled by both the USSR and the United States, and is banned by a major chemical weapons treaty that Syria has not signed onto.

The administration said more conclusive evidence was needed before Mr. Obama would take action, referring obliquely to both the Bush administration’s use of faulty intelligence in the march to war in Iraq and the ramifications of any decision to enter another conflict in the Middle East.

“Given the stakes involved, and what we have learned from our own recent experience, intelligence assessments alone are not sufficient,” the White House said in the letter, which was signed by its legislative director, Miguel E. Rodriguez. “Only credible and corroborated facts that provide us with some degree of certainty will guide our decision-making.”

That meticulously legal language did not disguise a thorny political and foreign policy problem for Mr. Obama: he has long resisted the calls to arm the Syrian rebels and has expressed deep doubts about the wisdom of intervening in an Arab nation so riven with sectarian strife, although he has also issued pointed warnings to Syria.

— with New York Times reporting


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A Sex Ed Activist in the Making

Let’s say you’re a high school senior somewhere in the Bible Belt who can think for yourself. You understand that what passes for sex ed these days (abstinence-only ‘indoctrination’) is basically abusive — and you do not want to participate. What are your options? Apparently you need to be strong enough to take legal action, as West Virginia teen Katelyn Campbell discovered.

Campbell’s school, George Washington High School, had invited abstinence-only ‘educator’ Pam Stenzel to give her scare-tactic talk in a school assembly. Among other things, Stenzel is known for telling kids, “I can look in your eyes and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous,” and “if you take birth control, your mother probably hates you.”

Campbell, who is student-body president, wasn’t interested. Not only did she refuse to attend, she filed a complaint with the ACLU over the “slut-shaming” Stenzel uses to make students uncomfortable.

Furious, her principal called her into his office, calling her a “backstabber” and threatening to tell the college where she’ll be attending this fall about her “bad character.” Apparently he’s not familiar with Wellesley College in Massachusetts, which was founded with the intention to prepare women for “…great conflicts, for vast reforms in social life.” Ha.

Campbell has not backed down. She filed an injunction, blocking the principal from contacting the college and protecting her First Amendment right to advocate for comprehensive sex education.

“West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” says Campbell. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”

Obviously high schools in such repressive social climates are not going to start holding Beltane assemblies for students anytime soon, passing out free condoms and lube to students as they leave the building to frolic in the fields, celebrating fertility and sexual pleasure. But, ’tis the season — and Katelyn Campbell is well on her way to championing “vast reforms in social life.” Look out, world: this month, she’ll have some eclipse power propelling her as she leaves high school behind.


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Finally — Labeling of GE Food Moves Forward in U.S.

“The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act” was introduced Wednesday by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

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This is how it’s done in Europe. Does that look so hard?

The bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday would require clear labels for genetically engineered whole foods and processed foods, including fish and seafood. The measure would direct the FDA to write new labeling standards that are consistent with U.S. labeling standards and international standards.

Groups advocating for food manufacturers to inform consumers when packaged food contains genetically engineered ingredients welcomed the labeling bill.

“Americans want to know more, not less, about their food,” said Katey Parker of Just Label It, which has more than 650 partner organizations. “More than 90 percent of Americans want the same rights as consumers in 64 countries around the world.”

More than 1.5 million Americans have petitioned FDA to require labeling on packaged food containing GE ingredients, according to a press release from Sen. Boxer.

The legislation is particularly crucial now with the Monsanto Protection Act on the books, since that legislation prevents courts from stopping farmers from planting GE crops, even before it rules on their safety. Purchasing food other than that with a certified organic or Non-GMO Project label is now truly a case of ‘buyer beware’.

Here is the Senate version of the bill; here is the House version.


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Climate Activist Speaks Out, as CO2 Level Nudges 400 ppm

As if to punctuate Earth Day with a huge exclamation mark, on Monday Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory measured CO2 levels in the air of 398.36 parts per million (ppm). Scientists believe that soon carbon dioxide, the main gas driving climate change, will reach 400 ppm for the first time in human existence.

A 2009 article in Science reported that when CO2 concentrations were sustained at this level 15 million years ago, it was 5° to 10°F warmer and seas were 75 to 120 feet higher, said a recent ThinkProgress article.

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Model of allosaurus in Baltow, Poland. CO2 levels have never been this high, and some are concerned humans could end up like the dinosaurs as a result. Photo by Jakub Halun/Wikimedia Commons.

Climatologist Chris Field told the AP: “It’s an important threshold. It is an indication that we’re in a different world.”

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has set up a website and even a Twitter feed, @Keeling_curve, that will tweet out the CO2 level every day. The Keeling Curve is the graphical representation of the rising CO2 level; it can be seen on the website.

Though it may seem futile with news like this to try to reverse CO2 levels, climate change activists such as Tim DeChristopher still fight the good fight. The founder of the climate justice group Peaceful Uprising spoke to Democracy Now! in his first interview after being released from 21 months in federal custody.

He was convicted of interfering with a 2008 public auction that disrupted the Bush administration’s attempt to sell off oil and gas exploitation rights in Utah. Posing as a bidder, he won drilling lease rights to 22,000 acres of land, trying to save the property from oil and gas extraction.

DeChristopher’s defense attorneys were prevented from telling the jury that the auction itself was later overturned and declared illegal.

When asked what climate change activists need to do now to succeed, DeChristopher said, “I don’t think anybody knows what needs to be done now. And I think that’s something that we shouldn’t necessarily shy away from telling people, from telling other activists, and especially from telling young people, that, there’s a lot of things that we’ve tried, most of which hasn’t worked, especially on climate change, and especially on trying to get our government to do something about climate change. So, mostly we need people taking action, and nobody can really tell you what that action should be.”

His case is the subject of the documentary, Bidder 70, which screened nationwide Monday to mark Earth Day. Itopens for a week’s run in New York on May 17. Maybe now that the Sun, Venus, Pallas Athene and Mars are all in Taurus, we can dig in our heels and push a little harder for the sake of the climate — and all life on Earth.


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Syrian Electronic Army: 1; Associated Press: 0

The Associated Press’s twitter account was taken over by hackers this week, and a false tweet caused a stir at the White House, on Wall Street and beyond. Minutes after the hack the AP’s account, with over two million followers, was suspended.

The attack happened on Tuesday, April 23 with a tweet that stated: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”

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Screen grab of the fake AP tweet.

Minutes after the report, White House press secretary Jay Carney informed reporters that President Obama was “fine, I was just with him.” Shortly after that an Associated Press White House Correspondent, Julie Pace, stated that their account had been hacked. The AP media relations director wrote in a blog post that other AP accounts were suspended, “out of a sense of caution.”

In those sparse minutes between the attack and the announcement by the White House and Associated Press, potentially $136 .5 billion worth of value was lost from the S&P 500, which dropped 14 points; the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 143.5 points. Both bounced back and by the end of the day reported overall gains; however, one trader described the reaction of Wall Street as “pure chaos.”

The group the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for the attack through another tweet of their own that stated: “Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army!”

The same group claimed responsibility for recent twitter hacks of NPR, CBS and the BBC. The Associated Press reported that this group often attacks publications based on their displeasure with coverage of the situation in Syria — which has been engulfed in a brutal civil conflict since March 2011, claiming upwards of 70,000 Syrian lives to date (and possibly involving the use of chemical weapons, as reported yesterday).

The initial 2011 uprising was part of the domino-like Arab Spring revolts in the Middle East that heralded the Uranus-Pluto square. Uranus and Pluto meet for their third of seven exact contacts May 20.


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Video still from Jimmy Be Free’s video for “Lost in the Rocks.”

Meet Jimmy Be Free

If you’ve listened to the last couple broadcasts of Planet Waves FM, you’ve heard the fun, soothing, invigorating sounds of violinist Jimmy Be Free. Using an electric violin and a looping pedal (and often other instruments), he’s able to create layered compositions in real time. You can watch his video and learn more about Jimmy here; among other things, he’s a sound healer and lifestyle coach committed to aiding “the transformation of ourselves and Gaia to enable us all to live here on Earth a life that more closely resembles life as it is in Heaven.”


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Boston continued, and this week’s lunar eclipse in Scorpio

Here’s your new edition of Planet Waves FM, in which I question how it’s possible that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is going to be represented by the public defender. He needs a real attorney, and if he cannot get one in Boston, that may be suggesting he cannot get a fair trial — since a fair trial depends in part on competent legal counsel.

My musical guest is once again Jimmy Be Free, who I met in the Portland Airport last week. He’s a brilliant violinist, composer and singer. I play two different pieces this week, one called “The River” and the other called “Fragile.”
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Please read the amazing client comments on the Invocation of Spring reading, which we sent to our members yesterday. Note — the price of the Invocation of Spring report will be increased Monday, to $39.95.

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Your Monthly Horoscopes — and our Publishing Schedule Notes

The May monthly extended horoscopes are published below in this issue. Inner Space horoscopes for May will be published Tuesday, April 30. I recommend reviewing the previous month’s horoscope at the end of the month; you can see April’s monthly horoscope here. We published the Moonshine horoscopes for the Scorpio Full Moon and eclipse on Tuesday, April 23. Note that the longer monthly horoscope is being incorporated into the Friday issue after the Sun has entered a new sign; a new Inner Space is generally emailed on the following Tuesday.


Planet Waves Monthly Horoscopes for May 2013 #947 | By Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Just the concept that something is or even that it may be valuable is enough to make it so. It works the same way in how we feel about ourselves. Consider the effects of the value you put on yourself. I don’t mean your monetary value, though that will come up eventually; I mean whether you think you matter to others, or whether what you do and offer to the world makes a difference. You’ve had a way of thinking about this theme for a long time. You’ve tried to work out the equation a number of times before, with only limited success. It’s as if you know your own value intuitively but cannot quite articulate it to yourself. Yet there’s a vital piece to the puzzle: values are only valuable to the extent that we act on them. Once acted upon, there’s greater tangibility to what is, in essence, an idea. The dividing line I see in your chart seems to involve making an actual decision about what you say is the most important to you, and then sizing up the effects based upon what happens. We do a lot of jabbering to ourselves about what is so important, though rarely put ourselves through this simple test. Well, it may not be so simple, and you may need to persevere through what seems like an inordinately long time to get your results, though it’s only long in your perception. Assuming you keep at it, you may not have your answer until six months from now.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You are surrounded on all sides by potential, and by people who believe in you. Yet you may have an ominous feeling, as if something is brewing that you don’t understand and cannot discern clearly. Yet consider all that you’ve learned about yourself the past few weeks — how many things you would not necessarily have considered, and were probably not expecting. These have worked out well, and many situations are still developing. The ominous feeling is an eclipse of the Sun in your sign on May 9. This is profoundly meaningful astrology that will deliver a clear message to you. You may not be certain if it’s a sign from the distant past or something entirely new; in a way, both are true. What this eclipse signals is a kind of growth checkpoint. There are two questions that I see. One is: what do you ‘take on’ when you engage with someone in an intimate relationship? There’s something suggesting that you become like that person, at least a little, and I suggest that you decide consciously the extent you want to do this. Another image in the chart involves your father, and your tendency to want to live up to what you perceived as his expectations of you, or his image of you. It’s more likely that your highest vision of yourself would take you in another direction entirely. It will help if you notice this negotiation process with full awareness rather than having it run in the background.

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Hello Taurus! Your 2013 Birthday Reading will be ready soon. We’re now between two eclipses on the Taurus-Scorpio axis: this week’s partial lunar eclipse, and then a Taurus New Moon solar eclipse in two weeks (the third eclipse this season runs through different signs). This is making for a potent birthday season for you, packed with potential. Also, Saturn in your opposite sign may feel challenging, but can ultimately be a useful tool if you learn how to work with it. I’ll be covering these major influences and more in a two-part astrology reading about an hour in length, plus a special tarot reading using the Voyager Tarot by James Wanless. You can pre-order your birthday reading here for just $19.95 and we’ll email your access info to you once it is ready.

Gemini (May 20- June 21)

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Have you ever heard someone say they don’t want to go to an astrologer or a therapist because they might find out something about themselves they don’t want to know? Please don’t let that be you. No matter how much you may have to discover about yourself, you have nothing to fear in those discoveries. If you resist potential self-awareness, though, that’s likely to have the effect of echoing around your mind and seeming ‘worse’ than it is. I suggest you go right for clear information as soon as you have a question, and then make sure you persist and work through three or four layers of inquiry before you pause. The idea here is not to go through the motions, but rather to bravely seek self-understanding. If you do that with sincerity and an open mind, you will learn something about yourself and about existence that you’re unlikely to ever forget. This is likely to be something that you already knew but went to some length to deny, for reasons that you might not want to know. In other words, part of the story is why you might have denied this thing that you’re discovering or rediscovering. By why, I mean your actual motives for doing so, since this doesn’t seem to be mere happenstance. There is intent at work on every level, and that’s the thing to track: what is driving the story in any particular direction that it might go, and what is driving you to go any direction you might go.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — You’re about to seem like a ‘different person’ or a ‘changed person’ to many people. This is due to an eclipse in Taurus, your 11th house. From the size and shape of the chart, it looks like you have many options for ‘different’, and I suggest you figure out what they are and see if they are viable options. One reason many people refuse to change or resist change is because they don’t want to be perceived as having done so by their friends. Sadly, most people feel a need to live up to who people think they are. You now have a moment of cover where you can make a significant adjustment not just to how you project yourself but to who you actually are, in substance. People will either not notice or not care, or they will forget that anything was different; or who you’ve developed into will seem natural in the context of so much else that’s changing. The way this looks is something like, you manifest in a revised form as one determined to succeed at what you feel the most called upon to do. You can be much more assertive than you usually are, and you can count on being supported in that, if you remember your charm and charisma and your natural magnetism. Establish your goals, align with your collaborators, then align yourself with the resources that you need to get the job done — and you will.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — You remain in a position of leadership, and it looks like you’re collecting some valuable skills as you mature into your calling. There’s a skill I’ve noticed that’s largely missing from the population around us — that of politics. The dysfunction and cruelty we see career politicians dramatizing is not really political — it’s more like anarchy. What I’m describing is the ability to help facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes; to make sure that collective resources are used in a way that benefits everyone; and to stand guard over what is right and true. You’re refining these skills and you may be feeling a calling to put them to use. Yet there is an essential idea contained in your chart: what you’re doing is not about power; it’s about benefitting people as a kind of public servant, in a way that is also supportive of you. By one reading of this astrology (using only traditional planets), you might be super ambitious to the point of not caring whose head you step on. When we add the influence of the asteroid Pallas Athene exactly conjunct the May 9 solar eclipse, you show up as someone deeply concerned about fairness, and proceeding in a way that is honest and grounded in your real values. The world needs more examples of this, and you are setting such an example in your local world. A Course in Miracles reminds us that “everyone teaches, and teaches all the time,” and you are being called to be a teacher of integrity by example.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Your charts are calling for you to develop a longterm strategy — and to let go of a set of plans that are no longer valid based on your new goals. You may have a specific goal that keeps slipping out of your mind, something you know you want to dedicate yourself to, then you go back to an old scenario. You probably know exactly what this is; the challenge is that it would lead you to make many other changes, which you don’t necessarily know how to make, or have the energy to initiate. In order to slip out of the gravity of the past, begin with your mind. Begin with the idea. Then take some step to bring the idea into form. Then, size up your life and your environment and begin to sketch out your plan. Overall, you need a slow, steady and extremely persistent approach. Yet the key factor is remembering what you want to do, and then doing it, and remembering what you no longer want to do and not doing that. Getting out of old patterns and into new ones takes some persistence, and fortunately you have that going for you. The sooner you start — no matter how modestly or slowly — the more time you will have to establish the new pattern. Then when the coming eclipses do their work, events will help you not just focus and develop that pattern, but also cultivate the essential ingredient of faith in yourself. That’s the thing; that’s the skill you want.

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Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You’ve likely been through an unsettling or perhaps tumultuous month or two. Events have challenged you to be flexible, tolerant and to make some peace with the fact that many people are different from you. This also means that you are different from they are. However you look at it, you’re in a position where you have to find common ground with others. You cannot set the agenda exclusively, and obviously you cannot have others set the agenda for you. Without some form of negotiating your way into territory you can share with others, you’ll find yourself at an impasse. This happens when people have intractable values. I suggest you look at your values and decide which are flexible and which you cannot compromise on. Then see if you can encourage partners to do the same thing. You are in a situation where something has to give, and where your flexibility will be called on as a bottom line. That’s why I suggest you decide what you’re willing to give, though while you’re at it, you may want to assess your concepts of ‘mutual’, ‘reciprocity’, ‘exchange’ and ‘understanding.’ In the end you will need to reach a consensus. And any honest consensus always starts on the level of values, which are the fundamental elements of who a person really is. So, said another way, this is about you revealing who you truly are — which implies admitting to yourself who you truly are. And yes, that might be a little intimidating.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — To what extent are you invested in a close partner, and have you considered whether you might be over-invested? This isn’t necessarily an easy question, though you may be getting some new information on this topic in the near future. This is, however, not a new story. Indeed, it’s the latest step in the process of your rewriting what may be a very old story, and that relates to certain fixed patterns of how you tend to think of yourself, your relationship partners and your mutual role in one another’s lives. This question is valid whether or not you currently are with a partner. The underlying material remains the same. The question gets more relevance if you tend to repeat patterns in your relationships. It gets even more relevance if you tend to come up against certain emotional issues and then skip them over, expecting a different result from last time. The current astrology is, to use a strong word, demanding that you be real with yourself. You know it’s also time for you to be relating to others on real terms, and call nothing less than that intimacy. I know there is a temptation to have the pleasure, security and emotional contact of relationships without taking the risk of vulnerability. Yet it’s never long before this runs out. If you’re someone who does value depth and intimacy and who takes emotional risks, the next few weeks promise to be a daring, meaningful and beautiful time in your life.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Isn’t it time to get over the feeling that if you get close to someone, or allow yourself to connect to them deeply, that your life is going to run out of control? Imagine that the ‘out of control’ factor is really an unknown. That’s not what it literally is, it’s just your equivalent of X. You could, under that scenario, revise the story: “if I connect to someone deeply, something of which I’m not sure may happen.” That is another way of saying that if you make contact, something will change — and it will. Both people will change. That is what happens when humans interact: they learn from one another, influence one another, and often become a little (or a lot) like one another. I suggest you list the reasons you have to trust and not trust the situation; to trust and not trust yourself. From the look of the astrology, you’re the person who is the most likely to have a profound or life-changing influence on someone you respect or admire, though you may not be up to believing how that’s possible. Well, it is possible; making friends with a kitten is enough to have a life-changing influence on many people. This isn’t something you have to try to do, plan on or expect. The most helpful thing you can do is trust, which means not throwing your fear in front of your path as a stumbling block. Said another way, you can use your power for or against your own best interests.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Sometimes I get the feeling that some people are finally figuring out that sex is a form of play, and sometimes I get the feeling that there’s so much fear that most people are totally in the dark. So I’ll put the question to you: how do you relate to sex as a form of play? Don’t answer too fast — I suggest you ponder it. If you don’t come up with sex as a form of play, then what is it? What kind of activity is it, or what does it represent? If you answer yes to the play question, how does it contrast with other forms of play (music, golf, paintball, finger painting, ultimate Frisbee)? The ‘serious cast’ that sexuality gets is almost always based on a moral trip of some kind. It’s also based on possessiveness and attachment. The play aspect is often drowned out by the fear of what might happen if the attachment is in some way threatened. The current aspects are calling on you to do a few things. One is to relax the sensation that you possess someone. Another is to allow your curiosity to come to the front of your awareness. Yet another is to allow yourself to change. Yes, it’s time to change. If you resist what you know are necessary, timely and even overdue changes, that’s likely to manifest as the sensation of pressure, anxiety and tension. You could just as well invest your passion into something or someone creative.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You seem to be trying to balance concerns about your home against professional matters that you know are just as significant. You’re more likely to work them out together than separately, as the two are directly related. Yet there seems to be another factor, which is a relationship on which you suspect much will hinge. Well, it could be a relationship or it could be your idea about a relationship — I suggest you sort that out, on your own and if possible with anyone who might be involved. If you leave the matter hanging below the surface of your awareness, it may have a way of running your life from the back seat. If you raise the question consciously, you will take away the negative manifestations of its power and begin to engage the more constructive ones. There’s one theme that comes right back to you: how in contact with your needs and desires are you? How well are you able to articulate them to yourself? By articulate, I mean the kind of thing you can put into sentences that another person could understand. That’s how clear you want to be, starting within your own mind and then extending out to a real discussion with others. One word comes to mind: marriage. What does that word mean to you? What is it about? What did you believe when you were younger and what has life taught you? What would it truly mean to be a partner, and to have one? How flexible is this idea for you?

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — A storm of change and progress passed through your life recently, which rearranged your orientation on existence and seemed to redirect the course of your life. All the fast-moving planets have come and gone; you’re now left with the slow-movers, the deeper influences, remaining in your sign. The changes you make from here on out are less about circumstances and more about the deeper alchemy of your consciousness: that is to say, what you do with your mind. You will get what you tune into. You will make more of what you are aware of, so I suggest you make conscious choices where to focus that awareness; remember that it’s a magnifier. Though Pisces is often described as being dreamy and ethereal, you have a mind that is capable of handling practical, tangible material — and of persisting with an idea or thought process for a long time. You’re about to see some unusual results, which combine many different factors into a focused moment of evolution. It’s as if your whole perspective suddenly changes, and in hindsight, you see all the factors that led up to this. One thing that would help you immensely now is to practice making decisions. It doesn’t matter the scale, though attention to the smallest choices means a lot right now, because you’re in a situation where many seemingly innocuous factors will add up to something unexpectedly significant. I don’t suggest you practice rosy-eyed optimism as much as remain faithful of your ability to guide your life competently.

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The War Comes Home, to Boston

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Dear Friend and Reader:

As of our distribution time, two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had been identified. After a robbery last night at a Cambridge 7-Eleven and a shootout near the campus of MIT, one of the two suspects identified Thursday is dead and one remains at large, as the entire Boston metro area is under siege by the equivalent of an army — tanks, helicopters, SWAT teams and busloads of police. Meanwhile the world is watching the situation develop on live television.

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Photo from page one of New York Times website today.

One suspect — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26, shown Thursday in surveillance video wearing the dark hat — was killed.

Some reports say he was shot; others say he was run over by his own brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19, who may now be in a standoff with police. Who exactly is in the house that the police have surrounded is unknown. CNN was reporting that police had asked for a Russian interpreter.

Tamerlan was found to have an improvised explosive device (IED) strapped to his body. Other people have reportedly been taken into custody.
[Birth dates for the brothers are available; here are their provisional charts, set for noon and relocated to Boston.]

After a night of bizarre developments, including the robbery of a convenience store, a carjacking, and a police pursuit and shootout, the scenario at this point is still extremely puzzling and does not resemble any other known terrorism scenario.

The astrology of the bombing indicated a rapidly developing situation that would get
weirder as the week developed, and is not quite done. The chart actually comes to a peak on Saturday. This is described in the current Planet Waves FM.

The press is reporting that the house where the bombs were made may have been located, and there are reports of a bomb squad van in the area.

Boston Marathon Chart Looked Like Suicide

Monday, I described the chart as resembling that of a suicide. Though it was not a suicide bombing, the suspects apparently didn’t have a clear escape plan. It’s possible that neither suspect will survive this manhunt, though much is not known: the extent of the conspiracy, how they were trained and the extent to which their existence was known to authorities prior to this incident.

But the chart — with Neptune looming on the western horizon, representing the environment — also warns that very little information coming out is trustworthy. This is a chart that says slippery when wet.

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Chart for Boston Marathon bombing shows Neptune on the western horizon (blue trident on the horizontal line, far right), cautioning against drawing conclusions without plenty of confirmation. The unfolding scenario is described in the 8th house — to the right side, halfway up the chart. That’s the Mercury-Uranus conjunction, which describes a situation that’s developing rapidly.

In an unprecedented development, the towns of Belmont, Newton, Watertown, Allston, Brighton and Cambridge are currently under lockdown, with more than 380,000 residents being asked to stay in their homes. A door-to-door search for the surviving suspect is underway.

That search is apparently expanding. Later in the morning, the governor issued a “shelter in place” order for all of Boston, perhaps the first time that’s ever happened in a major American city.

All public transit services in the Boston area are shut down by order of the Massachusetts governor. Campuses of Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brandeis, Emerson, Boston College, Suffolk and Northeastern are all shut down for the day, along with Boston public schools. Businesses are being asked not to open. Logan Airport is currently open but under heavy guard.

This latest development emerged Thursday night after the robbery of a 7-Eleven, a brief hostage situation and the shooting of an MIT security officer. After their photos were broadcast around the world yesterday, the two brothers wanted for the marathon bombing made a run for it, beginning with the attempted robbery of the 7-Eleven, then engaged police in an extended firefight, throwing IEDs out of the windows of their car.

This brings to a peak a week that began with the bombing of the marathon, and continued with the attempted ricin poisoning of Pres. Obama and the arrest of a suspect, Paul Kevin Curtis. Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted down every gun regulation that was proposed in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting in December.

Later on Wednesday there was an explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, which leveled part of the town and resulted in numerous fatalities.

Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and by 10 pm the pair had made their existence known, attempting to rob the 7-Eleven, shooting the MIT security officer and engaging police in a firefight.

The astrology suggests that the story still has some strange developments in store. An aspect prominent in the chart of the Boston Marathon — Mercury conjunct Uranus — is not exact until Saturday, followed by Mercury square Pluto.

As for that Slightly Subtler Week

In last week’s edition, I suggested that this would be a slightly subtler week. However, I made a mistake reading the astrology: I didn’t account for what might develop when Mercury, which spent more than two months in Pisces as part of its retrograde process, ingressed Aries, crossing the Aries Point. The result was a large release of energy, with these developments emerging from behind the scenes.

That also means that Mercury is moving through the Uranus-Pluto square — it will be conjunct Uranus on Saturday and square Pluto on Sunday. The Uranus-Pluto square is the longstanding aspect in the background of our lives now. It’s the “2012 aspect” that actually spans from 2012-2015.

Mercury is that planet that ruled the Virgo ascendant of the Boston Marathon bombing chart. So it’s very much the star of the show at the moment, and is very much about a developing story that fits a much larger pattern of events. Mercury — illustrating a young individual — is about to lead authorities back to a larger group (Uranus) but we don’t know what happens next. That’s because Uranus always indicates something unpredictable happening.

Please watch the Planet Waves blog and our Facebook pages for additional details and analysis as they become available.



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Planets Moving Fast; More Developments Coming

The Sun is still traveling in a conjunction to Mars, a close and potent one, moving quickly across the sky. So before things cool off, they stay hot for a little while. We’re also about to experience the Mercury-Uranus conjunction (exact on Saturday, seeming to describe an explosion of ideas, revelations, rebellion, inventions, the unexpected). That develops into the Mercury-Pluto square (exact on Sunday, describing depth, introspection, inner probing, seeking understanding, recognition of transience).

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The chart for the Scorpio lunar eclipse suggests the action might not be over. Mercury is about to make a conjunction to Eris, indicating that there are more surprises in store. First, Mercury makes a conjunction to Uranus on Saturday and a square to Pluto on Sunday.

Planets have now begun to shift into Taurus. Leading the way was Venus, which ingressed Taurus earlier in the week. The Sun follows later tonight, and there’s more to come. Taurus is supposed to cool off the sky a little, but it doesn’t always work that way.

That said, the sky is building toward the Scorpio Full Moon on Thursday, April 25 — that’s the opposition of the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio. This is also a partial lunar eclipse — the first in a cluster of three eclipses this spring. Eclipses tend to be pattern-setting events, and the span of time between them can have an unusual quality of things moving forward and developing quicker than usual.

We’ll have more about this event early next week. In brief, it looks like Mars — which will still be conjunct the Sun in Taurus — is bringing extra heat and desire to this Full Moon. You’ll likely feel the urge to express that physically. On the other side of the sky, the Scorpio Moon can feel like a deep well of emotion, often with a sexual tone to it. Saturn will be conjunct the Moon for this eclipse, offering a container for all this energy as we explore it.

This is a passionate lunar eclipse we’re building to over the next several days. With an atmosphere of fear, anger and grief running high for many people, try to keep tabs on when your emotions run ahead of your thoughts. This is a time for empathy and self-awareness, and a good time to slow down and take a breath before speaking or acting. Respond, don’t react.


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Immigration Reform — Over Before It’s Begun?

A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday filed legislation for immigration reform, which hinges on almost complete border security. The legislation calls for “high-risk border sectors” — those with at least 30,000 illegal crossings a year — to be sealed off before most undocumented immigrants could begin the process to legal residency.

Advocates of true reform say this requirement — and indeed the whole path to citizenship — is nearly impossible. U.S. immigration officials would have to guarantee complete monitoring of the southern U.S. border and a 90 percent success rate in blocking unlawful entry in certain areas.

Only then could the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants apply for permanent residency, a process expected to take at least 10 years. The path to citizenship is even longer: 13 years for undocumented immigrants to become eligible, according to Democracy Now!

Further, the legislation would block anyone who arrived in the United States after Dec. 31, 2011, from applying for legal status and ultimately citizenship. Applicants would also have to prove they have no criminal record and pay up to $2000 in fines, requirements that would bar “vast swaths” of immigrants from becoming citizens, said Democracy Now!

As if to further impede the “impossible” legislation, some are concerned that this week’s Boston Marathon attack will have adverse consequences.

League of United Latin American Citizens head Brent Wilkes said in an interview with Politico.com there is always a “threat of something happening when the details of the bombing attack become public.”

“If for example… somehow the person who did this was an immigrant, that would be something that would certainly make it harder for us to usher legalization through both the Senate and House,” he said, referring to the change overnight from support to opposition for an immigration overhaul after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Poison Letters Intercepted

A Mississippi man, Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, was arrested by federal agents on Wednesday. He is suspected of sending letters believed contaminated by the poison ricin on Monday to President Obama, Mississippi Republican senator Roger Wicker, and others throughout the week. Tupelo is Wicker’s hometown.

Curtis, 45, believed he uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed “various parties within the government” were trying to ruin his reputation, according to CBS News. Both letters said: “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.” Both were signed, “I am KC and I approve this message.”

Ricin is a highly toxic, naturally occurring protein derived from the castor oil plant. A dose the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human if exposure is from injection or inhalation. It does not have an antidote. The letters field-tested positive for ricin; authorities are awaiting the results of lab tests, since field tests for ricin often display false positives.


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Courts Block Document Transparency, Medical Clemency

Two ongoing cases of delayed justice, secrecy and inhumane treatment have met additional setbacks this week. In the first, court documents related to the ongoing case of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks, will not be accessible by journalists.

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Bradley Manning, military release photo.

A lawsuit challenging government secrecy in the trial of Manning, brought on behalf of a group of journalists, had sought to allow access to transcripts, judicial arguments, and other court documents.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces rejected the lawsuit, “citing a lack of jurisdiction until the trial is complete,” according to Democracy Now!

“Today’s decision flies in the face of decades of First Amendment rulings in the federal courts that hold … that the accuracy of court proceedings depends on their being open,” said the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Bradley Manning’s trial will now take place under conditions where journalists and the public will be unable to follow what is going on in the courtroom.”

This development is disconcerting, given that Manning’s supporters both in the U.S. and internationally have been concerned about his treatment while detained, and its effect on his mental health.

Detention without trial has also been a controversial hallmark of Guantanamo prison, where most of the 166 prisoners have been waging a hunger strike since February.

One of those prisoners, Yemeni national Musa’ab al-Madhwani, may be dying after being placed in solitary confinement without daily monitoring, after collapsing last week. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan has denied an emergency relief motion from al-Madhwani, claiming he does not have jurisdiction. Hogan also described his condition as “self-manufactured.” al-Madhwani’s doctor accused Guantanamo of “deliberate indifference.”

Al-Madhwani has never been charged with a crime in the ten-plus years he has been imprisoned.

In related news, a landmark report was released this week confirming that the highest officials in the George W. Bush administration were responsible for the torture of people after the 9/11 incident. It also calls out the Obama administration for its lack of transparency around rendition and torture.


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Couple Arrested in Revenge Killing of Texas DAs

Arrests have finally been made in the well-publicized cases of Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Mark Hasse, an assistant DA, who were murdered earlier this year. Despite much speculation that a Mexican drug cartel or the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (a white supremacist prison gang) must be responsible, the culprits have turned out to be much less exotic — yet perhaps more chilling.

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed charges against former Texas justice of the peace Eric Williams and his wife Kim Williams. According to an affidavit, Kim Williams confessed to taking part in the killings, primarily as the driver, but claimed that her husband actually pulled the trigger on all three victims. She joined her husband at the jail at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday; he was already in custody over allegedly sending an anonymous e-mail threatening another attack.

The pair committed the murders in retaliation for Evan Williams’ conviction for stealing three computer monitors from the county. That verdict — and its resulting loss of his law license and peace officer license — allegedly put the couple into dire financial straits, prompting them to plot revenge, which they patiently enacted. Williams and his lawyer both claimed that Hasse and McLellan tampered with evidence in his trial over the stolen computer monitors to settle a political grudge.

Investigators struggled for weeks to find evidence to tie Williams to the murders. Finally on Saturday, prompted by evidence not yet disclosed, they discovered a storage unit at a self-storage business housing a car matching the description of the one witnesses claimed to see speeding away after the January shooting of Hasse in front of the Kaufman County courthouse. The unit also included several guns.

“I find it hard to believe that someone could have written a novel with all these twists and turns in a small rural county in Texas,” said Bruce Wood, the county’s top elected official. “People are relieved but still stunned.”


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Communication Breakdown

Adding to the chaos and confusion of the Boston Marathon explosions was both spotty cell phone service and conflicting reports regarding cell phone service being cut off. News outlets reported that service was unavailable in parts of the city but the reasons were unclear.

Both The Associated Press and the New York Post reported that government officials shut service off in Boston to prevent remote detonation of further devices. The Associated Press report cited a law-enforcement official as their source, and around the same time the New York Post ran a headline stating the same. Wireless Internet was also reported to be slow or unavailable through various news reports and twitter accounts.

Despite these reports, other accounts state that there was no official decision made, or steps taken, to shut down cell phone service in Boston for any reason. Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T denied any interruption of service to the area. A Sprint spokeswoman noted that they did experience some “mild call blocking” immediately following the blasts due to above normal traffic, and suggested people try texting rather than calling in these situations. The AP retracted their story.

That does not mean that cell phone service cannot be cut off. Precedents have been set world wide in Egypt, Myamar, Iran, and domestically here in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. The phrase shutting down the Internet or cell phone availability is misleading however, since there is no “kill switch” for these or any one way to shut them off.

What does exist is a classified document within the Department of Homeland Security outlining protocols and procedures to shut down communications in the event of an emergency: Standard Operating Procedure 303 (SOP 303). Since SOP 303 is classified, little is known about what conditions would constitute a situation in which it would operate. What is known is that state and Homeland Security officials share a network with government and private institutions that can coordinate a shutdown in localized areas.


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During World War II, the conjunction of Uranus with Saturn in Gemini seems to have precipitated the formation of the WAACs — the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Nick Dagan Best suggests that, “The pairing of these particular planets conjures their mythological association with castration, evoking the insecurities of patriarchal culture. Perhaps the WAAC’s recruitment slogan wasn’t helping assuage masculine insecurity: ‘Your job: To replace men. Be ready to take over’.” Full-page image from URANU.S.A.


If the events of this week have brought anything home, it’s that aspects and transits involving Uranus can come with big, surprise ideas and actions (including the creative and revolutionary) — as well as upsets, literal explosions and fires: events that change the course of things in a dramatic way.

Astrologer and friend of Planet Waves Nick Dagan Best has written a non-fiction book in graphic novel format, called URANU.S.A., which traces the story of Uranus through Gemini in U.S. history. Uranus has transited Gemini during three distinct recent eras: the revolutionary period that birthed the United States of America; the American Civil War; and U.S. involvement in World War II.

In that time, Uranus in Gemini’s wartime expression has spurred some truly notable advancements; for example, Uranus and Venus joined in Gemini turns out to be “a repeating planetary signature in the gradual advancement of racial equality in United States law.”

If you have some solid, basic astrological knowledge (you know a square from a sextile; you have a feel for how planets express themselves in the 12 zodiac sigs, and in aspect to each other) and a sweet tooth for history, it’s a fascinating and vividly illustrated read.
The e-book version of URANU.S.A. is available now; or you can pre-order a print copy and it will ship as soon as it’s ready.


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The Boston Marathon and our Culture of War

Here’s your new edition of Planet Waves FM. In this edition, I provide a careful analysis of the chart for the bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday. I do this without jargon — explaining the astrology in human terms, and looking at things that are out of view of investigators and mainstream journalists.

My musical guest is Jimmy Be Free, who I met in the Portland airport Monday. He’s a brilliant violinist, composer and singer. You can pick randomly from his music — it’s all beautiful.

If you would like to see the charts I’ve been reviewing associated with the Boston Marathon, here is a Zip file of the charts. They are worth a look.


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Your Monthly Horoscopes — and our Publishing Schedule Notes

The April monthly extended horoscopes were published Friday, March 22. Inner Space for March was published Tuesday, Feb. 26; there will be no Inner Space for April due to scheduling issues. We published the Moonshine horoscopes for the Aries New Moon on Tuesday, April 9. We will publish a Moonshine horoscope for the Scorpio Full Moon Tuesday, April 23. The monthly horoscope for May will be published Friday, April 26. Note that the longer monthly horoscope is being incorporated into the Friday issue after the Sun has entered a new sign; a new Inner Space is generally emailed on the following Tuesday.


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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, April 19, 2013 #946 | By Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Remember what you figure out this weekend, because it may be one of the most relevant personal discoveries you’ve made in a long time. The question, though, is why you might forget, and one reason for that is because if you put the information to use, you will need to make some deep decisions not just about what you do, but about who you are. I know you may not think that who you are is a decision, though I assure you that it is. Even if you only go as far as deciding to be who you know you are, rather than who you are not, that’s still an important choice, though it goes deeper than that. Your state of being is in a continual state of change, and at each of those junctures, you are presented with a choice. What decision you make will be influenced by what you know and whether you use what you know — and you’re about to learn something that is both meaningful and useful.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — As planets and the Sun move from Aries to Taurus, you may repeatedly have the sensation of seeing what you were missing. Venus made its move first, which will be followed by the Sun and Mars. It’s likely that there’s a theme of making discoveries about your sexuality and your sexual identity. The big surprise may be that there are variables you hadn’t considered, or overlooked. Looking deeper, there’s an inquiry about your relationship to your father and how that shaped your identity. Look for the ways that the relationship was set up for you to please him and you may notice what you left behind in the process of doing so. Those are things you can reclaim, and when you take a bold step toward doing that, you will want to take another and another. You’re poised to discover something I cannot describe, but I can see one clear effect: the sensation of being set free. Notice what got you there.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — This would be the weekend to get to every interesting social event you hear about. There’s something in your chart about making connections, which have an element of surprise and a stroke of genius to them. One reading of your solar chart describes an encounter with a group — that is, the potential to walk in on a new circle of friends that seemed like it was waiting for you to come along. But make sure you focus on the one-on-one encounters that seem to draw you in the deepest. Indeed, notice who and what draws you into yourself the deepest. You may feel some inclination to judge yourself at a certain point, to compare yourself to others or to wonder whether you fit in. Think of that as a veil that you’re passing through — or like one of those moments in a metaphysical journey where you’re confronted with your own fear. Remember, the fear is not coming from outside of you; what you’re seeing and being offered a chance to resolve is something inside yourself.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — You have an opportunity to reinvent your career, which really means reinventing your creative process. This may start as the flash of an idea, a meeting, or a new way to see something that you’ve been mulling over for a long time. What matters most is that you follow your impulse and put your plan into motion. Take one step, then take another. You may have the feeling of pushing into the unknown, which turns out to be familiar territory where you discover that you know just what to do as you do it. The thing to remember is that while your idea may seem a little out of the ordinary, that’s precisely the point. What else deserves to be called an ‘idea’? Anyway, this is likely to be a real one. If you’re like most people in Western civilization, you have more to do than you can handle, so I suggest you make some conscious decisions about how to route your time, energy and resources. Remember: people around you support you. Get real about that.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Think of yourself as the guardian of something of global importance. Imagine that you are a protector of all that is fair, honest and loving. That’s humble service, but it’s also essential that you make the mental shift from littleness to magnitude. You have a significant function in the world, and to fulfill that function you will benefit from keeping your mind as open and encompassing as you can. Center yourself on values that are designed to protect the core of life and love. You know what they are, and it’s natural for you to contribute to the world in such a way that supports what matters the most to you. You now have that opportunity, in what may be a continually increasing way. Remember the leadership skills you’ve developed. Remember your knack for getting others to cooperate with you, and to cooperate with one another. Remember how resourceful you are, which means you can pull together whatever it takes to get the job done.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — This may be the weekend to renegotiate your relationship agreements. The topic may come up on its own, or you may need to bring it up, in the context of recent events. The first thing to remember is that everything is negotiable. The second thing to remember is that there is a solution that can work out well for everyone, and you can find it — if everyone agrees. Short of that, you must do what you need to do in order to be free to live your life. You’re not a subsidiary of anyone, you’re not indentured and you’re not a slave to money or any other form of resources that might come from someone else. You are, however, free to use shared resources in a way that’s mutually beneficial and creative. I suggest you set no less of a standard for how you can conduct your life. Yet you have far broader horizons than you’ve admitted to yourself recently, and I think that will be your true source of motivation.

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Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — There’s no way you can keep living with the relationship models that have served you in the past, but which cannot handle the way you and your world are today. There’s too much energy moving for you to hold yourself and others to strict rules or expectations. You also need to know how to work with the fact that people are attracted to you, rather than working against it, or having it work against you. Think of what you’re doing as directing the flow of energy. At the moment you have a lot to manage, and you may have given up keeping track of things. Now would be a good moment to spark yourself to full consciousness and make decisions. Listen to what people say. They will tell you all you need to know about who they are — and in the process, reveal plenty about who you are. Yet of all the information coming through your charts most important is the bit about not resenting when others fancy you. If you do, I suggest you consider it a measure of your self-esteem, and address it on that level. Remember, you don’t have to give up your power when you accept attention, affection and admiration.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — By all indications, this is going to be an exciting season of your life. Meaningful encounters with people are showing up on the event horizon. There may be so much energy coming your way that you do not know what to do with it. Two ideas come to mind: One is that what you encounter, who you meet, what you do and how you feel about it have the power to rearrange your life. You might be inclined to hold back, to prevent the changes, but that will only lead to an enhanced state of chaos. The other idea is that you’re starting to focus on your healing process with new commitment. You may have an idea that part of that journey involves a new approach to your relationships, though it goes a lot deeper than that. You would not be able to relate to others without a self with which to do the relating. The primary message of your solar chart is that how you relate to others is an extension of who you are — not the other way around.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — When I was at Burning Man 2001, someone said to me that many people there were not going to go past their boundaries, but they would find out what they are. You’re currently having your own miniature Burning Man or Burning Woman celebration. Your mental and emotional environment is thriving with creativity and passion. I would ask: how are you responding to this? Are you being pushed up against your boundaries, or feeling uncomfortable at the idea of certain potential experiences? How are you feeling about taking chances you might not take, particularly of a sexual or creative nature? How much fun can you stand? Right now you have the chance to feel the edge of your limits, or to expand them — a little or a lot. Either way, I suggest you notice what those limits are about. If you feel, listen and think, you’ll get information, and you can use it to make choices around the options that you’re being presented.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — You will feel love, and be loved, when you feel safe. Think of safety, love and trust as being part of the same thing. I suggest you assess any situation in your life, whether it involves your relationships, your children, or the work you do as a question of safety — or more accurately, of perceived safety. There’s a potential problem, though, in focusing too much from that angle. Many people who feel confident are that way because they take chances and succeed, and when they don’t, they count what they’ve learned, dust off and try again. Looked at the other way, people who refuse to take even ordinary risks will repeatedly convince themselves that they’re not safe doing so, and many influences in your solar chart suggest that the more daring you are, the more secure you’ll feel. What you’re looking for is not the assurance that nothing can go wrong but rather the self-assurance that life rewards you for actually living.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You seem to be in a moment of revelation. Some idea or development is finally promising to move the story of your life along, rather than overwhelm you with problems and potential. The full idea may not have come to you yet — though you’re working your way toward it. The thing to remember is that there are two dimensions here — the outer and the inner. The outer level involves the conscious thoughts you’re thinking, the facts of which you’re aware and what you might do about them. The inner layer is a much deeper reality check about how you feel about these things. I suggest you include considerations such as what you would need to give up and what you would gain; an assessment of how certain choices have worked or not worked for you in the past; and any influence on your social reality. Practical matters are not everything; emotional matters count for a lot right now, and as the Grateful Dead lyrics go, “Without love in the dream, it will never come true.” Perhaps take that a step further — this is all about love, and awakening to it.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Your personal revelation of our rather stunning moment might go something like this: You can now see how many of your prior self-assessments of being unworthy, not good enough, not talented enough, not determined enough or any form thereof were not just incorrect but ridiculously off the mark. You have all the talent and resources you need; the next step is to engage with life more assertively, even competitively. Set clear goals for yourself, draw up a list of steps that will get you to each goal, and proceed with a clear strategy. Since you’re a Pisces you will always yield to intuition, so you don’t need to have any concerns that having a plan will hem you in. Your strategy is like a notebook that will help you guide your decisions, keep track of your priorities and help you ensure that you don’t miss any steps. Your intuition is working just fine. Add logic, reason and some consciously adapted skill at politics and you will be unstoppable.

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