The Mother of All Freedoms

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

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The mother of all freedoms is the ability to reason, and the willingness to take on the responsibility of making decisions. In this issue, I examine the intersection of today’s eclipse in Aquarius, the White House security-clearance scandal, and yesterday’s mass shooting.

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On Valentine’s Day, I was eagerly waiting for the White House press briefing to begin. It was delayed several times, hour by hour, and finally the 4 pm scheduled event was canceled.

This has become a way of life for American students. Photo: ABC News.

That day’s press briefing would have focused on a newly revealed debacle in the White House, which started as the revelation that Rob Porter, a top staff member accused of beating two of his wives, had been denied security clearance, but was still handling the president’s most highly classified documents.

The White House was claiming that the security clearance process was still in motion, though the FBI director, a Trump appointee, said in a congressional hearing earlier that week that the security clearance report had been turned over last July.

Security clearance is an elaborate, detailed (but routine) character check, going back to one’s teenage years, to make sure that people who work at the top levels of government are qualified to be handling the nation’s most sensitive secrets — such as the names of American spies working in the Kremlin, pending military plans and anti-terrorist strategies.

This has been turned into a scandal over the White House hiring a wife-beater (who according to press reports was also involved romantically with Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest advisors), and the president’s position on domestic violence (he’s opposed, thank goodness).

Yet the actual theme of this incident is how many top White House officials don’t have security clearance, or said another way, have “interim clearance,” which as I understand it means they were denied, but are still doing their jobs. According to current press reports, there are 47 who report to the president on “interim” clearance (meaning no clearance but we’ll let it slide), more than one year into his administration.

Why exactly is that? Is this about many people around the president having dodgy, potentially criminal elements in their past? That would fit the picture, wouldn’t it. One focus here is Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who is one of those “interim” clearance people. Could this involve his father, Charles Kushner, who was convicted of 18 federal counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering? (Tampering is putting it mildly — it was more like vicious intimidation.)

The wider context is that the president, his campaign and his administration are being investigated by federal prosecutors in many matters related to involvement with Russia in the tipping of the 2016 election. As of late 2016, there was no doubt, according to U.S. intelligence agencies, that this actually occurred.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, is an amateur liar in a job that calls for a professional. She hosts most of the daily White House press briefings. Photo by Yuri Gripas.

Campaign and administration officials have denied, again and again, contact with Russians, and were found, again and again, to have had repeated meetings and communications. What’s known as the “Russia probe” is piecing together exactly what happened. Was there any cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin?

While this is happening, many people at the top echelon of the Trump administration are not properly qualified to be handling top-secret documents, yet they may have ties to the Russians. This matters for every reason but especially because, once again, all U.S. intelligence agencies say they believe that Russia is currently messing with the 2018 congressional election. Under better conditions, that election might tip the balance of Congress and make it possible for there to be an impeachment of an obscenely corrupt and incompetent president.

And hey, loads of people think he’s doing a great job, and lots of others are rooting for him because he’s not part of the crooked Clinton clan or the Democratic National Committee.

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As it turned out, the press briefing was canceled due to the Valentine’s Day Massacre, the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a former student has been charged with killing 17 students with an AR-15 rifle.

This one seems like the same old story: mentally disturbed, gun-obsessed teenager, posting all kinds of disturbing messages to Instagram, who wanted to be a professional school shooter, does just that. Everybody dropped the ball: the school expelled him instead of referring him for a psychological evaluation; the FBI couldn’t figure out who he was (for real?) — and the other students were expecting it to happen.

So, all at once, the media mind — the collective mind described by the content of TV and social media — transforms from a serious national security issue to a mass shooting. This was the first widely reported school shooting of 2018, though it was the 18th in the first six weeks of the year.

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Three of the president’s stooges — accused wife beater Rob Porter, chief of staff John Kelly, and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, looking real official. Porter, whose role was to handle the president’s most sensitive paperwork, resigned two weeks ago due to revelations that he beat up two of his previous wives. Kelly knew this, and kept him on the job, even though he could not get security clearance. Kushner also has “interim” clearance. Photo by Alex Brandon.

And with that, the gun debate begins again. The debate that, according to the NRA, is never appropriate right after a mass killing, but which never happens any other time.

“We have collectively decided this is the way we wish to live. This perverse form of American carnage is not our scourge but our brand,” the Daily News wrote in its editorial Thursday (published online Wednesday; see below).

“In this, our country, we force our children to learn how to shelter in place, to endure active shooter drills, to practice lockdowns, engaging in a horrifying modern version of Cold War duck-and-cover exercises. In this, our country, the enemies are the killers in our midst. But the enemy, in a larger sense, is us. This is the world we created.”

It’s always interesting to listen to gun rights advocates make the case for weapons being generally available.

Under the prevailing twisted, paranoid and politically naive concept of the 2nd Amendment, it’s the mother of all freedoms, without which there would be no others.

In true “conservative” logic, freedom is used against the people who would be free, whether in the form of what amounts to a civil war waged by amateurs/freelancers acting under government policy, or a twisted interpretation of the 1st Amendment: money is speech, religion is a weapon and people have a right to lie to us.

This translates to: the 1st Amendment is the freedom to be lied to, and the 2nd Amendment is the freedom to be shot. They go together.

In logic more suited to the satires of J.P. Sears (of the “Ultra Spiritual” YouTube series), the equation is, “My freedom means I am free to have you be dead.”

The Discarnate Condition: Death and Immortality

Many times in this column, I’ve quoted Prof. Eric McLuhan, the son of Marshall McLuhan, the pioneer of media studies. McLuhan describes the way that media powered by electricity (from the light bulb to Twitter) push people out of their bodies. Under full digital conditions, this is like the experience of living on the astral plane. As he sees it, this is the main factor driving the world into its current state of social, intellectual and political instability.

He believes mass shooting incidents are increasing in frequency due to what he calls the “discarnate condition,” which imitates the condition of death. “You’re out of the body. You’ve left the body behind, so that prepares the ground for all kinds of things. But for the kids, it’s particularly disorienting because they’re just growing into their bodies.”

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Video games teach kids how to get out of their bodies. Photo: The Sun.

Many have pointed out the connection between violent video games and violent actions. Prof. McLuhan says this is as much about the structure of the game as it is about the content.

“The technology is discarnating, and the video game itself gives them a role instead of an identity. And they play the role. When they play the role they think they are this person, or this character. The violence is to establish and maintain that identity. It’s no surprise that when you pull the plug, they’re still in the role.”

He added: “Roles are corporate, not private, so it prohibits private awareness and private identity, and that’s not very good for teenagers because they’re trying to find out who they are. Violence is almost always a response to a loss of identity or a need to forge an identity or recapture an identity, and the violence can be slight, or it could be huge, like this. The kid says, I’ll show them, meaning I’m going to assert myself.”

Notably, the condition of being “discarnate” might also lead one to feel like they’re immortal, which is how one might have the ambition to be a “professional school shooter.”

Then there’s the issue of SSRI-type medications. These meds come with a suicide warning for teenagers, and there is a correlation between mass shootings and perps who are on these meds. There’s a movement to compel drug companies to package these products with a murder and suicide warning, since they’re so often involved with both.

“SSRIs push people inward, and when they get there, there’s a vacuum,” Prof. McLuhan said. “Being pushed inward is not the same as private identity.” A private identity has the capability of relating rather than merely being isolated or trapped inside oneself. Teenagers often live with the feeling of being isolated, so this does not offer any help.

Notably, a society full of people who are not really living on the physical plane might find it challenging to do something as tangible, and as challenging, as restrict access to weapons.

The Mother of the United States

Valentine’s Day was the eve of a solar eclipse, so the buildup to the press briefing that never happened, and the Parkland, FL, massacre were right in the run-up to that event.

The eclipse, which took place at 4:05 pm EST on Thursday, was in Aquarius. It was the corresponding event to the Great American Eclipse that happened last August, and which unleashed the furies. If you recall, that was the eclipse where the path of totality — of total darkness — spanned the United States from Portland, OR, to Charleston, SC, with its peak over the continental U.S. — the first such event in American history.

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The Feb. 15 eclipse was conjunct the Moon in the primary chart for the United States, sometimes called the Sibly Chart. The United States has its Moon in Aquarius. In astrology, the Moon represents the mother. In a national chart, it provides a description of the nature of what we call “the public.”

The Aquarius Moon is a good Moon, if someone has cultivated their senses and their capacity for feeling and emotion. It has a friendly, affable quality, and a kind of charm that comes from being a little detached.

However, the drawback of this Moon is that it can be a head trip. That is to say, it can possess its own “out-of-body experience” — and it has a susceptibility to fascination with technology. Aquarius Moon people need to squish their toes in moss, walk around in the woods, cook food and spend time naked. That’s currently not what the United States’ population is doing.

The U.S. Moon is conjunct Pallas Athene, which is the asteroid related to politics. American people have a fascination with politics, though it’s a naive one. Though the same could be said about humans everywhere, Americans seem to love hucksters, con artists, and anyone who evokes the good old days. It often amazes me that just six years after Nixon was toppled in the web of crime known as Watergate, Ronald Reagan became the next great Republican hero — who got into office by making an arms-for-hostages deal with Iranian militants (who today we would call radical Islamic terrorists).

An eclipse conjunct such a sensitive point as the Moon is a wakeup call. The United States is swimming in an ocean of toxic sludge: whether we’re talking about a universe of sex equaling sexual assault, thinking tax cuts for the wealthiest people is a great idea for the poor and working class, spending more than $600 billion each year on the military, or whatever, we are a country with problems.

And right now, one of the biggest of those problems is that our electoral system is a sham, and we need congressional representatives who will actually do their job.

The mother of all freedoms is the ability to reason, and the willingness to take on the responsibility of making decisions. At the moment, we are defining the American Dream as being a deer staring into oncoming headlights. Everyone knows this. I guess that’s fine, as long as the foam on your latte is just right.

With love,

eric

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All-American shame: As a nation, we do not care

By the NY Daily News Editorial Board | Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7:13 PM
More than a dozen shot dead in a South Florida high school on Wednesday. Many more wounded by the gunman.Mourn though we do, mourn though we must, it is time to admit a painful fact: As a nation, we do not care.

If we cared, we would make at least an honest effort to fight the corrosive culture of violence that infects so many of us.

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To attack mental illness as the scourge it is.

Most of all, we would try to change laws that, based on a delusional and suicidal interpretation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, let anyone wield the power to kill in bunches.

In the real world, where we don’t care, the horror stories and the pictures of the dead and wounded will sear our minds and hurt our hearts for a short time.

Then we’ll get ready to do this all over again soon enough.

We have collectively decided this is the way we wish to live. This perverse form of American carnage is not our scourge but our brand.

We have had fair warning. Nearly 19 years ago — before a single one of the student victims in Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High was born — two young men armed to the teeth murdered 13 and wounded 21 in Columbine.

Over the course of the entire lives of the South Floridian teens now dead and wounded, nothing changed. In fact, it got worse.

A ban on assault weapons then in effect lapsed. Firearms, including those that shoot most rapidly and powerfully, have only become more available, more seductive in the culture. The National Rifle Association’s total stranglehold on our politics has only become more absolute.

And as a nation, we let all this happen.

Which is why, though our stomachs turned, it was no surprise when, just over five years ago, a maniac wielding a military-grade assault rifle murdered 20 first graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. When we recovered from our disgust, nothing changed again.

Three weeks ago, two students were killed and 18 injured in a Kentucky high school. So inured are we to the horror, so perfunctory now is our mourning, it barely registered on the consciousness.

Four and a half months ago, 58 people were murdered in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. For a solid week, the nation mourned. Then, just as quickly, wiped it all away.

If the lifeless, torn-apart bodies of 6-year-old boys and girls could not shock the American conscience into action, it is pure foolishness to delude ourselves into believing a few more dead and wounded teenagers will do the trick.

Indeed, since that atrocity, guns have torn apart nearly 300 schools — 18 this year alone.

The thing we once called unthinkable has happened nearly 300 times since Sandy Hook.

Congress and the President, cowards all, could not even bother to ban a device that turned semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic, don’t-even-bother-pulling-the-trigger killing machines.

We might act shocked, but we’re not. Not anymore.

In this, our country, the people who call themselves leaders go through the motions of offering condolences and prayers, then refuse to marshal the smallest iota of courage needed to prevent maniacs motivated by who cares what deranged animus to get ahold of the weapons of their choice.

In this, our country, we force our children to learn how to shelter in place, to endure active shooter drills, to practice lockdowns, engaging in a horrifying modern version of Cold War duck-and-cover exercises.

In this, our country, the enemies are the killers in our midst. But the enemy, in a larger sense, is us.

This is the world we created.

 

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Aquarius New Moon Eclipse: A Breath of Fresh Air

By Amanda Painter

Author’s note: I wrote and published this piece without any knowledge of yesterday’s senseless and tragic shooting at a high school in Florida that killed 17 students and wounded many others. Rather than try to rewrite the piece, I wanted to acknowledge the way this event seems to spotlight the shadow side of the dynamics I’ve written about below: the potential to become so accustomed to certain shocks to the system (both our own individual biological/psychological systems and the collective cultural/political system) that they no longer carry the capacity to effect change: we become numb to the stimulus and withdraw into denial and shut down, rather than allowing the shock to help us make needed changes. We double-down on the existing pattern; and in so doing, give up more and more of our power to it.

In the case of this particular shooting, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it happened very close to an eclipse that’s sextile the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries. In this digital age, in which cell-phone videos — taken by students as their former classmate opens fire — become part of news reporting, can we allow this latest horror to motivate us to release the entrenched pattern of letting our lawmakers do nothing about gun laws and mental health care? Our collective karma is staring us in the face. If repeated crises are not getting us to act, what will?

Today we experience the second of the pair of eclipses for this season: a partial solar eclipse with the Aquarius New Moon, exact at 4:05 pm EST (21:05 UTC). Despite the ‘fixed’ quality of Aquarius, it looks like the theme of the eclipse chart — and of the weekend astrology — is ‘movement’.

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For one thing, any eclipse near the Moon’s South Node (as this is) inherently indicates ‘release’.

Seemingly paradoxically, Aquarius itself hints at the idea of leaving old patterns behind to form new ones: this sign’s traditional ruler, Saturn, represents things like structure, limits and responsibility; its modern ruler, Uranus, represents things like revolution, sudden developments and liberation. We need the dynamic interplay of both sets of conditions in life to grow.

Yet Aquarius is a fixed air sign. I was stumped for a good example of what air might look like in ‘fixed’ form; usually we define air by its ephemeral, invisible, constant movement of other things, via wind. Then I took a walk to clear my head and get a breath of fresh air, and thought, “Oh, yeah: ‘a breath of fresh air’!” While it’s possible to be in a room that has literal stale, stagnant air (one example), we might be better off thinking of Aquarius as a state of mind: set mental habits that need occasional airing out through disruption of routine, environment or activity.

The chart for today’s eclipse offers images of astrological help in that. The first of those involves the modern ruler of Aquarius, Uranus: currently in Aries and still functionally conjunct Eris, Uranus is making a sextile to the eclipse (the Sun and Moon together, in a conjunction with asteroid Juno and Mercury). This looks like the ability to use whatever surprises come your way to help you step out of any stale, closed-off metaphorical rooms you’re inhabiting (particularly your mindset about something) and get a breath of proverbial fresh air.

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Jury Chulkov dances with optical illusions projected on the wall and floor (but which is which?) in “Levitation,” a collaborative dance piece by Sila Sveta and Anna Abalikhina. Image: video still.

Dance with Your Projections

By Amanda Painter

Eclipse phases can be incredibly useful times to shift perspective. Gaining perspective, in turn, can support your ability to recognize psychological material you’ve been projecting onto someone else, so you can own it. It’s just one of the many types of pattern-shifting you might engage in with this week’s astrology.

In “Levitation,” a collaborative performance by Sila Sveta and Anna Abalikhina, we see a dancer (Jury Chulkov) seemingly moving in ways that almost defy the laws of physics. But do they, really?

Using a combination of camera position and projected graphic design, the dancer seems to levitate and interact with a variety of computer-generated images, many of which echo his movements even as they provide an illusion of 3D landscape features to the space. Set to gentle soundscaping, the result is a meditation on dark and light, reality and perception.

If you were to dance with your own projections, what might you be able to see that you could not before? How might you be able to move?

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The Eclipse, The Investigation and The ‘Lesser Lyricist’

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This week’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here] looks at the solar eclipse in Aquarius, which happens Thursday morning. This is the event that corresponds to the Great American Eclipse of last August; which, speaking historically, was probably the most shocking, stunning and influential eclipse of our lifetimes.

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Long ago, not so far away — Eric during a broadcast of Radio Navigator on Radio Woodstock in 1997

The program originally aired live this past Sunday night on my new Planet Waves AM/FM show on Radio Kingston. You’re invited to check out the Radio Kingston website. The station is currently being revamped as a noncommercial community radio project, and there’s all kinds of interesting stuff broadcast.

Please take note of how cool it is that someone has figured out how to establish and finance a commercial-free community station. This is 2018; everything is supposed to be sponsored by liquor, drugs or luxury cars.

Also, I’ve been avoiding the news lately, but not anymore. In this program I cover what I know about the mini-shakeup at the Department of Justice over the weekend, and the wife-beating scandal that’s currently tormenting the White House. All observers are wondering the same thing: Will Trump try to get rid of Robert Mueller III, the special prosecutor who is investigating his seemingly extensive criminal behavior?

I also pay tribute to John Perry Barlow, who once described himself as the Grateful Dead’s “lesser lyricist.” (He was just nodding to the literary prowess of the band’s other lyricist, Robert Hunter.) All of tonight’s music will be Grateful Dead songs co-written by Barlow, including a magnificent reggae version of “Estimated Prophet.” Barlow died last week at age 70.

This was the fourth live edition of Planet Waves AM/FM. That’s crazy! I am now working the studio solo, though with a little help setting up from station manager Jimmy Buff.

When The Art of Becoming is finished, I’m looking forward to doing some new editions of Planet Waves FM, old style. Hey, speaking of — please visit our most beautiful website ever.

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Planet Waves Weekly Horoscope for Feb. 15, 2018, #1189 | By Amy Elliott
Aries

Aries (March 20-April 19) — It could be argued that an eclipse has points in common with Mercury retrograde phases. In both instances, normal procedure is suspended or disrupted for a while, and things might seem confusing or out of place. Then the balance is restored, and we go on with our lives, perhaps a little wiser for the experience and what it’s shown us. Put more simply: if this eclipse generates a little tension, your resilience will probably be more than adequate to field it. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Taurus

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Keep your eye on the ball this week, and don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for too long. What you’re striving for is too important to allow for bringing anything less than your full attention. Likewise, take sufficient time to do everything properly; don’t fudge quality trying to get to the end before you’ve finished the middle. Treat every task as if the buck stops with you, and as if each detail has your personal signature on it — whether that’s officially true or not. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Gemini

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Many things look different when viewed with the perspective of time. When it comes to your longer-term ambitions, it makes particular sense to consider your journey as a whole entity, rather than focusing on specific details — especially if you’re currently experiencing what you might view as a setback. What may seem an impassable gulf to you now will probably be well behind you by next week; by next year, most likely, any difficulty will be all but forgotten. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Cancer

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Most people are, at present, feeling a little frayed around the edges; and this week’s eclipse seems to be at least partly about confronting that reality. Your innate sensitivity may cause you to feel overwhelmed at times, but it also primes you for dealing with your emotions constructively. Use that tool for all it’s worth. Remember that, ultimately, you are enough. Other people know this; if you need to, reach out to them, and soak in the abundance of their love. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Leo

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — In recent years, the maxim “Treat others as you would be treated” and its variants came under some scrutiny among social media philosophers. Many suggested it be changed to the possibly more thoughtful “Treat others as they would wish to be treated.” The spirit of both is really the same. Especially in your relationships, it might help now to apply this rule consciously, however it’s best phrased. Do your best to ensure your presence makes someone’s day sweeter. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Virgo

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — This week’s eclipse will likely help demonstrate for you something about the nature of true service. Especially if you’re given to excessive self-deprecation, you may be inclined to think this is a matter of quantity; or rather that you’re not doing it right unless you’ve taken on more than you can safely handle, usually the grubbier the better. That will no longer do. It’s time to stand out and focus on a form of service that requires the full weight of your intelligence. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Libra

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Any less-than-ideal situation at work is likely to come to a head this week, in the sense of compelling you to recognize if the job you do is not meeting your needs in some way. Try to step back and look at the entire scenario in terms of yourself as a whole person. It’ll be easier to see where your work is not meeting you. If any of this can be improved by communicating desires or ideas, do so in the peaceful yet sincere fashion for which your sign is well known. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Scorpio

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — It does no one any good to bottle up or conceal their emotions. Conversely, dwelling on past hurts too long can be equally enervating. It may be necessary for you, this week, to deal with a specific matter from your past before you can move on. If you can, try to view what happened through as wide a lens as possible, taking in all the circumstances. Some added perspective should make it easier for you to attain the peace of mind you need and deserve. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

You can now get instant access to the first five signs of the 2018 Planet Waves annual edition, The Art of Becoming — with more very soon. Order all 12 signs here to read your signs and those of loved ones, or choose your individual signs here.
Sagittarius

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — A lot of factors, including the imminent Mars-Vesta conjunction in your sign, are no doubt nudging you to at least consider where you might focus your energy and your capacity for devotion. This is substantial, provided only that your chosen cause sufficiently engages your interest. With an eclipse taking place in your house of communication, you may choose to do something involving writing or speaking, or some other method of expressing your unique voice. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

You can now get instant access to the first five signs of the 2018 Planet Waves annual edition, The Art of Becoming — with more very soon. Order all 12 signs here to read your signs and those of loved ones, or choose your individual signs here.
Capricorn

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — This week’s astrology will probably have the effect of clearing away any remaining cobwebs from before the end of last year, especially regarding your self-esteem, as you continue to explore this surprising new world wherein you can shine without fear. You know now that to love yourself, you don’t have to exceed everyone else, or get a certain mark on a scoreboard. You merit self-love by virtue of simply existing. Just be you as firmly as you can. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

You can now get instant access to the first five signs of the 2018 Planet Waves annual edition, The Art of Becoming — with more very soon. Order all 12 signs here to read your signs and those of loved ones, or choose your individual signs here.

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Aquarius Solar Eclipse Reading from Planet Waves

Dear Friend and Reader:

I’ve just finished the Aquarius audio reading. It’s now available for instant access.

This is a separate project from the annual edition, different in every way. This is a 75-minute astrology reading in two sessions, based on Thursday’s solar eclipse in your sign — the last solar eclipse in Aquarius until Feb. 17, 2026.

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Chart for Thursday’s solar eclipse. The monograph behind it is by the German philosopher Dieter Duhm.

This chart has a lot to say about relationships, self-esteem, family and ancestral matters. I do my best to help you orient inwardly to experience these dimensions of growth and healing not only as real, but as accessible, workable places to focus your energy and time.

Your reading is still available at 33% off, for $44. After the eclipse the price will go up to $66, where we will leave it.

My audio readings are some of the most unusual astrology you’ll encounter. I believe they go deeper than the work that most professional astrologers do, reaching the spiritual essence of the chart’s message, though without the need for a natal chart. This reading will stand up to many playings.

Doing this work takes experience and preparation; if sold as “self help” these readings would be going for many times the price. My intention is to keep them accessible and affordable.

I’ve prepared a sample of the reading lasting about six minutes, which you can play as an mp3, or download as a zip file. The music is an original piece by Vision Quest, the Planet Waves in-house ensemble.

My method of reading opens up so many dimensions that I could devote hours to each chart. Yet this reading distills certain vital messages, catching you up on the past few months of Saturn in Capricorn, and previewing the transits of Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus.

I’ll be following up with a tarot reading in a month or two, a feature that’s included with your reading, though is about to be split off as a separate product. That’s not delivered on a schedule — it’s ready when it’s ready.

Your reading also includes access to last year’s audio reading (so that you can review it) as well as The Book of Your Life 2017 written reading.

Thank you for being a Planet Waves customer, and for trusting me as your astrologer.

With love,


 

Aquarius

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Today’s eclipse would seem to be the latest in a series of events that basically add up to a rebirthing process for you. The last solar eclipse, back in August, perhaps first clued you in that some of the habits you’d held over from the past were no longer serving their purpose. Our coping mechanisms are really astonishing, but they have a use-by date. You can now begin to develop new techniques that reflect the person you are becoming, rather than who you once were. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

You can now get instant access to the first five signs of the 2018 Planet Waves annual edition, The Art of Becoming — with more very soon. Order all 12 signs here to read your signs and those of loved ones, or choose your individual signs here.
Pisces

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Several points of stress may culminate with the eclipse; then the tension should hopefully start to deflate gradually, like an air cushion. It’s important that you be kind to yourself and give this process sufficient time to unfold. In particular, check in with any feelings of self-doubt. Remember that though the results of your endeavors may not always be immediately palpable, in truth experience has already shown that your work is not only worthwhile, but of decided importance. — by Amy Elliott. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

You can now get instant access to the first five signs of the 2018 Planet Waves annual edition, The Art of Becoming — with more very soon. Order all 12 signs here to read your signs and those of loved ones, or choose your individual signs here.
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Don’t forget to take advantage of this special gift: Eric’s Daily Horoscope can arrive in your mailbox by 7 am ET, containing great astrological guidance for all 12 signs. You can sign up with our compliments, though we welcome donations.

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