Request for comments about login process

Dear Planet Waves Reader:

For the past few weeks, we’ve been requiring registered login for this blog. I’ve also been working with our software engineer to resolve certain problems related to this process that readers have reported.

That's me, to the left.

That’s me, to the left.

There are two, mainly.

One is that when you first login, you’re now supposed to be taken to your point of origin
(i.e., the article from which you logged in). If not, you’re supposed to be taken to a welcome page. When you log in, where are you taken?

The second is what’s called the blocked content issue. This involves a registered user not being able to access protected content even when logged in. This is a frustrating issue — I was the first user to report it. But we’re not sure whether we’re dealing with one issue here, or with several different ones.

I am interested in a few things — one being the details of how and when this happened, and the other being the response of our tech support team. Was the issue resolved, and how was it resolved? Please provide some details including what kind of system, device and browser you are using. We know there is a pattern, but I want some confirmation.

Please respond in the comment area below, and/or send your comments to tech@planetwaves.net.

Thank you kindly.

Eric Francis

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Presumption of Guilt

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

The Midwest is under heat alert, sweltering beneath a late summer sun. The temps have been steadily climbing for several days, with humidity stifling and little relief in sight. I suspect our collective sense of weariness with news emergencies, at home and around the world, feels similarly oppressive. I’m quite sure that residents of Ferguson, Missouri have had their fill of intimidation and night terrors, that all but the most determined are pleading for a return to normalcy. So much for the “lazy, hazy days of summer,” especially when the haze comes from smoke bombs and tear gas.

Political Blog, News, Information, Astrological Perspective.I’m not focused primarily on racial issues this week; we’ve covered that pretty well, with Eric speaking to more of that dynamic in Friday’s subscription issue, but there are a few tidbits to add that make the question of “Why Ferguson?” clearer. I’m more interested in following those cookie crumbs to the broader issue of class today, of the economic disparity that is becoming more apparent by the day, and another sliver of the “us/them” dialogues that are part of our spiritual separation issue.

No matter how many economists agree that tightening our belts and paying down debt do nothing to grow our economy, the Pubs continue to dig in their heels, refusing to sacrifice the ‘givers’ in order to satisfy the ‘takers.’ (That’s a Paul Randism, although it turns out the givers don’t actually give, just as trickle-down economics doesn’t actually trickle, so these characteristics might more truthfully be labeled the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots.’)

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Aries monthly for March 1, 2002

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In these days and weeks, you may discover you have a lot in common with people you thought you shared nothing with at all. One of the cosmic jokes of Aries is the extent to which this sign represents true bold individualism, and yet at the same time, everything about it is linked to the karma of the entire human race (the zodiac begins with something called the Aries Point, which the Sun crosses each year at the Vernal Equinox, and this is responsible for the effect). This seeming paradox makes sense if you consider that unless we experience ourselves as individuals, we don’t really experience ourselves at all. And it seems that a lot of people around you are at long last figuring this out. Now, it may be that you are observing something you have previously missed. Or it may be that time has advanced, and with it, something has shifted in the collective consciousness. Or, more probably, you are provoking something very positive in the people you know.

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New edition on its way to our members and subscribers

New edition of Planet Waves is on its way to our members and subscribers now.

New edition of Planet Waves is on its way to our members and subscribers now.

In the new edition of Planet Waves, now being distributed to our paying subscribers and members, I take up the astrology of the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests and riots in Ferguson. Planet Waves is the premier astrology magazine, published twice each week. It includes other astrology coverage as well as my weekly readings for your sign and rising sign.

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Nessus in the Air

Before I get going wrapping up the weekly horoscope that comes out in a few hours, it seems timely to mention a current aspect — the Sun opposite Nessus. As you can see from the ephemeris below, Nessus is making a transition from Aquarius to Pisces. It spent much of 2014 in Pisces, and how now retrograded into the last degree of Aquarius. By this time next year, Nessus will be in Pisces to stay.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Pisces weekly for Dec. 17, 2004

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Life has been a real trip across the edge these past few weeks of Mercury retrograde. Because Mercury is the planet that represents partners loved ones and other important people in your life things can be a bit tense or unpredictable under this astrology and people seem to change their minds as fast as you can make up yours. However over the past few days things have begun to sort themselves out. As ever you’ve landed on this side of the retrograde in a place you barely recognize but which is inviting you to look around explore and make up a few new ambitions for yourself.

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Mars conjunct Saturn in Scorpio: irritation or inspiration

You know people are getting itchy when someone writes in and objects to mentioning in a blog post that I ate lunch. I’ve been seeing this all day. I know what it is — Mars is making a conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio. That is exact Monday, but as you can see, it’s close and it’s closing in. We are all feeling it now. The sensation is amplified by the Sun opposite Nessus in Aquarius, about to change signs. Then the New Moon happens. Quite a moment.

Mars conjunct Saturn as of Thursday.

Mars conjunct Saturn as of Thursday.

Mars conjunct Saturn is a challenging aspect. It also bestows strength of character, or at least persistence and the ability to stay on-message. It has many manifestations, showing up in the natal charts of Lucille Ball, David Gilmour, Mel Gibson, Ellen DeGeneres, Umberto Eco, Goldie Hawn, Carole King and J. Z. Night, the voice of Ramtha. So be it!

Then there’s Neil Young, Venus Williams and David Lynch. And one of my closest colleagues at Planet Waves. Oh, and Martin Luther. Not Martin Luther King — the actual Martin Luther, the guy with the 99 Theses, who singlehandedly took on the Roman Catholic Church and founded the Protestant faith.

If you have this aspect in your natal chart, you have to master it, or it will eat you for lunch — probably once a day. Speaking of lunch, that is.

Now we get to live with it for a few days. You may notice that some people are acting strangely. You may notice that some around you cannot keep a grip on themselves; you may be noticing this yourself. Take a breath. Don’t let anyone get under your skin — and don’t get under your own skin. That is to say, leave yourself alone. There is plenty of self-torture going on in the world; I know many who participate. It’s not necessary. It’s not a form of self-improvement. It is merely what it is, self-torture. If you shift to the space of self-pleasure, you will free up some energy and give yourself a break.

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Idiot Box: That Ol’ Double Standard

By Matt Bors

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Box In, Box Out – Sun Enters Virgo

The Sun enters tropical Virgo at 12:46 am EDT (4:46 UT) Saturday. Included with the Sun’s ingress into Virgo this year is astrology’s implicit support for thinking about any way you might be boxed in, and getting out. Putting you in a box may be well intended, or self-serving. Yet, nobody can box you in unless you cooperate.

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Virgo is ruled by Mercury and has a demonstrable affinity for the centaur Chiron, as Eric has often mentioned. The Sun, among other things, correlates with consciousness.

Solar Virgo thus expresses consciousness through Mercury’s intellectual energy field while also offering what Eric called “the intensity and drive” Chiron confers. That’s how it’s an appropriate time to start school again.

That’s also how the Sun’s annual traversal of the sign distinguished by mutable earth is an opportune time to focus on what boxes you are living in, while supporting imaginative solutions and grounded action to get you out. Especially so during this decade, when Chiron is reflecting back at Virgo from its mirror (or “opposing”) sign – Pisces.

In particular, this year’s solar ingress into Virgo adds even further emphasis on thinking and working your way out of a box because of aspects the Sun will make just before and after crossing over from Leo.

The Sun will make its last aspect from Leo with an opposition to the centaur object Nessus, currently retrograde in the last degree of Aquarius. The proper interpretation of Nessus is (like all centaur objects) complex and nuanced. Nevertheless, the subject of abuse and its shadow is a pervasive part of the Nessus theme. Among the various forms of abuse, one of the most insidious is prior restraint and deprivation of potential.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Virgo monthly for Nov. 11, 2007

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You have been working out your financial problems in theory; now is the time to work them out in practice, and that should be fairly easily done. You have the resources and the ideas. You are developing the relationships that will help you get where you are going, but you need to remember that you are the one who possesses the key ingredient. What seems to come and go is your awareness of that fact. Remember that you are the yeast, and everything that comes your way is some other ingredient in the bread. You are what gives the substance life, and its power to grow.

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