Tyranny of the Collectivists

By Jen Sorensen.

By Jen Sorensen.

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The Goddess Reveals Herself: Bursts of Aries and Libra

Laser lights in the fog machine, "845"  party ad BSP in Kingston, New York this past Saturday night. Photo by Eric Francis.

Laser lights in the fog machine, “845″ party at BSP in Kingston, NY on Saturday night. Photo by Eric Francis.

Note, Planet Waves FM will be updated Monday evening, on the eve of the Full Moon- total lunar eclipse. If you’re interested in the personal implications of this astrology, I suggest you listen to my  Welcome Notes for the Spring Reading, available free to all readers. That page also includes three samples of the readings.

OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS, we get to experience some spectacular astrology across the Aries-Libra axis. By axis, I mean that the polarity that spans from Aries to Libra is involved, the opposition of signs that covers the topics ‘I Am’ to ‘We Are’ and back again. When you consider how much of existence consists of exploring I and we, it’s easy to see that these are two signs that can sum up most of human experience.

I’ve provided several different visual views of this polarity in the charts mingled with this article. There are two primary events and many smaller ones in the mix. The primary events are Mercury in Aries joining the cardinal grand cross aspect, which aligns exactly on Monday.

Then on Tuesday, there is a total eclipse of the Moon in Libra, which happens at the Libra Full Moon. Eclipses are mighty events, moments when we mark the time of our lives on the longest measure. They are points of no return, when events accelerate and often seem fated. They can represent developments that involve many people, and that reach across any kind of boundary. There is almost always some experience of ‘the unexpected’, which somehow turns out to be obvious in hindsight.

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Astrology Today: Oracle for Monday, April 14, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Sagittarius weekly for Feb. 27, 2004

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It’s as if you’re in a place where you can see the sky, but can’t roam the surface of the planet. Feeding your imagination is not enough; you want real life, not the mental experience of one. Real feelings, not fantasy-induced desire. You can give yourself what you want if you remember that you’re the only one who can. It’s one thing to look up and it’s quite another thing to look for the door. And another still to turn every knob you walk past, and to go down corridors and see where they lead. Some of these may be dark, and they may be a bit musty. Sneeze your way to freedom.

Note, The Oracle is a random selection from the Eric Francis horoscope archives. Each day we publish one entry from among the 10,000 in our database. It’s a little slice of horoscope history — but chosen by our Oracle program, which always speaks to the present moment. New horoscopes are published each Friday plus twice a month in Planet Waves subscriber edition and Planet Waves Light.

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The Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Sarah Taylor

So many swords; so many times that we have had the Eight of Swords in the readings these past few months. The first thing that comes to me in this regard are the words of a shaman and friend for whom I have the utmost respect:

“It’s coming up to clear. It is coming up to clear.”

Two of Disks, Eight of Swords, The Wheel of Fortune -- Rohrig Tarot deck.

Two of Disks, Eight of Swords, The Wheel of Fortune from the Rohrig Tarot deck, created by Carl -W. Rohrig. Click on the image for a larger version.

The fact that the Eight of Swords keeps on wanting a look-in tells me, first and foremost, that it is an energy that is prevalent in the work we are doing — on ourselves, with the world — and which holds the key to an emerging experience.

The Eight of Swords in this particular deck makes something quite clear. There is a choice at hand. This is seen in the roads that fork past the figure who is sitting in heavy contemplation beneath the two nudes that flank him. At the end of each road lies a Sun. But we here on Earth have only one Sun. Therefore, what is implied is that both roads cannot be taken simultaneously. There is only one Sun towards which we can head.

Above the fork lies a stylized question mark.

What is the question being asked of you? Where is it that you might feel you are sitting between two compelling objectives, one set against the other (in your mind at least), both appearing larger than life, both holding the erotic allure of something that calls you to step down a particular path?

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Astrology Today: Oracle for Sunday, April 13, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Virgo weekly for Feb. 28, 2002

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A certain situation is coming to a head. What is unfolding now has been in the making for quite some time and if you look back you will see that the signs have been there for a while. But there is an opportunity here because in a sense you’ve been living in the past. In recent weeks you’ve made some important strides toward finding the present but you’ve yet to fully enter what we can rightly call new territory. But you are very close and you will know it when you get there. Let the mild sense of discomfort remind you that so much more is possible.

Note, The Oracle is a random selection from the Eric Francis horoscope archives. Each day we publish one entry from among the 10,000 in our database. It’s a little slice of horoscope history — but chosen by our Oracle program, which always speaks to the present moment. New horoscopes are published each Friday plus twice a month in Planet Waves subscriber edition and Planet Waves Light.

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Sexual Improv and Sexual Healing

Note: This column by Maria Padhila, which originally published April 21, 2012, felt like a good fit for this weekend, when the Venus-Neptune conjunction in Pisces is heightening both artistic play and creation, as well as sexual play, loving connection and the manifestation of our visions. Maria will be back with a fresh column next weekend. — Amanda

By Maria Padhila

Theater started out as magic ritual. In the right hands, with the right practitioners, it still is (Hi, Amanda and Fe!).

Poly Paradise at Burning Man. Photo by Eric.

Poly Paradise at Burning Man. Photo by Eric.

The San Diego Tantra Theater Troupe is all about the magic. It’s right there in its mission: “combines ritual and performance to transmute sexual guilt, shame and fear into art, healing and liberation. We celebrate that every aspect of life’s drama is sacred.”

With shows like “Sacred Slut” and “Shaman Story,” they may sound just too woo-woo. But believe me, they are also all about the fun. Check out some of the videos on their website — smart, funny, and not above poking fun at themselves. If you can’t deal with laughing at spiritual struggles (or at sex), this probably won’t work for you; but if you can see both the beauty and the humor in the human condition, you’ll get it. As well as doing performance in San Diego, the group also travels to conferences and festivals and leads workshops.

I got to participate in a workshop led by the theater founder Kamala Devi at the Poly Living conference put on by Loving More earlier this year. The technique of doing improv based on relationship stories from participants resulted in many memorable moments, some very touching (in both senses). One of my favorites was seeing Devi’s acting partner working through the story of a man in a relationship with two women, standing with his arms outstretched and singing “I’m the V, I’m the V,” like an outtake from a very special episode of “Schoolhouse Rock.”

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All We Are

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

“Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought which kills people’s freedom, their freedom of conscience. This is the drama of the closed heart, the drama of the closed mind … and when the heart and mind are closed there is no place for God.”
– Pope Francis

“Should you perceive a problem, you surround that problem with love. You define it in love. You recognize that it is caused by the lack of love that lies behind all problems. And with love, you introduce the understanding that provides the solution.”
–Ken Carey, Return of the Bird Tribes

Well, ain’t we got fun these days, with the heavens full of goads and graces, obstructions defined, barriers readied to storm on one hand and beckoning doors flung wide, on the other? We can always trust Aries to be the sharp point of the spear, now pointing us toward the coming Cross, our opportunity to experience all four of creation’s elements — earth, air, fire and water — at cross point. And just now, even as I write, Venus is conjoining with Neptune in Pisces, joining the water trine along with Saturn and Jupiter, opening up a transcendent path to those willing to reach high enough. If that wasn’t enough, the coming pair of eclipses will bookend this energy nicely, perhaps for the history books.

Political Blog, News, Information, Astrological Perspective.With weather uncooperative, with violence all around, with obligations (taxes) looming, it’s easy to get carried away by this dramatic soup of energy: the personal, the public, the political. Let’s see if we can sort it into its various vibratory signals, assess where we are as opposed to where we’ve been, and ready ourselves for action. From the mundane to the profound, then, let’s determine if our movement in these last few years is actual progress or just another loop of more of the same. Are we clearing the cobwebs? Or are we creating them? Are we doing the inner work? Confronting the illusions? Telling ourselves the truth?

First, let’s give the regressives their due. The full compliment of crazy is out in force, almost maniacally engaged in nonsense without a twinge of embarrassment, even when they’re proven wrong — or wrongheaded — which is almost always. Eric Holder has been accused of wanting to make gun owners wear tracking devices, a Senate sub-committee in South Carolina wants to extend their Stand Your Ground defense to embryos, and Pat Robertson has publicly petitioned Gawd Almighty to deliver us all from “this president.” True to their austerity ideology (for people, not corporations), the House wasted time and resources by approving Paul Ryan’s most recent budget proposal, which will rid the nation’s health care and food stamp recipients of “paternalistic, arrogant, and downright condescending” assistance from the state. And true to their calling, Limbaugh, Beck and O’Reilly continue to trumpet more hot air to a quickly warming planet.

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