The First Year: An Album of Freedom

Editor’s Note: In March 2010, we began posting the work of Enceno Macy, an inmate in a U.S. prison. Enceno’s articles were sent handwritten, then typed and edited by a trusted editor, who would then pass along any comments and emails to him in printed form. One year ago, Enceno was freed on parole. In his very busy first year adjusting to being back out in the world, it has been challenging for him to find time to write for PW, but to honor the first anniversary of his release, he has sent us this brief note and recap of this last year — under his real name, at last. — Amanda and Eric

Jordan Merrell, who formerly wrote for Planet Waves under the name Enceno Macy, looks to the sea on his way to visit his mother for the first time after his release.

Jordan Merrell, a.k.a. Enceno Macy, looks to the sea on his way to visit his mother for the first time after his release.

I want to truly extend my sincerest apologies to for not writing anything more since being out. But I want to make sure to express my gratitude for everything PW has done for me.

I have gone through a lot and learned so much since being out yet many of the thoughts and observations that I have written about have not changed too much; I don’t see the world through the lenses that I used to but I still wear the same glasses.

Below is a brief summary of my first year out. I hope to get things in enough order to be able to contribute once again! The experience is by far as invaluable as anything else I have the good fortune of being a part of and I want to send everyone at PW and all the readers my love and respect!

Thank you so much!!
Love always,
Jordan
Aka: Encino Macy

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The Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Sarah Taylor

A succinct message in the three cards drawn this week, with the Knight of Swords (the King in Rider-Waite Smith-based decks) as initiator, transforming and clarifying what is lying in front of him. In fact, this reading is going to be much like the Knight of Swords when he acts: swift, and to the point.

Knight of Swords, Nine of Wands, Nine of Disks -- Rohrig Tarot deck.

Knight of Swords, Nine of Wands, Nine of Disks from the Rohrig Tarot deck, created by Carl -W. Rohrig. Click on the image for a larger version.

The Knight of Swords in his golden aspect is a Solomon-like figure. His wisdom is deep, his insight acute. Some of the words on the card that that describe him are “passion,” “flexible thinking,” “ambition,” “straightness,”

What the Knight wants, the Knight goes for. His focus is the way that he envisions his desired outcome — and here we are witnessing the active shaping of that outcome. Swords are associated with thoughts; more broadly, anything to do with the mind. The Knight is the template of the fully individuated, masculine aspect of mind — one that is action-orientated, that wields the Ace with the movements of an adept, that cuts through the bullshit to the heart of the matter.

The light emanating from the Knight’s eyes is the light of consciousness. It is his consciousness that is directed: he doesn’t look with his physical eyes; he has an inner sight that transcends the physical. He is Neo at the moment where he sees The Matrix, in the film of the same name by directors Andy and Lana Wachowski.

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Astrology Today: Oracle for Sunday, April 20, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Scorpio weekly for Jan. 2, 2004

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In many Scorpio entries over the past five or six seasons I’ve made reference to old emotional baggage that has had a tendency to weigh down your life, and even dictate the outcome of present-day situations. In a way that long-hidden conditions sometimes do, when we free the first few blockages or resistance points, nature gets the message and does the rest. No need to ask yourself why someone worked so hard to convince you of something about yourself that was simply not true. The point is they were suffering, and you don’t have to. But you’ll feel a lot better when the point is proven by experience.

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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‘Til Death Do You Part Is All Too Real

By Maria Padhila

You know the traditional Tarot drawing on The Devil card? It depicts a man and a woman chained to a pedestal on which the big, evil goaty guy himself perches. It’s odd that Christians would want to put us into such a picture, but that’s what’s happening. The latest moves toward government control of our lives and loves come from the trendy move by several Republicans to limit the freedom to end a marriage.

Poly Paradise at Burning Man. Photo by Eric.

Elimination of no-fault divorce, imposition of waiting periods, demanding “proof” of problems: just as with contraception, is this really a battle we’d ever thought we’d be fighting all over again?

And just as control over reproduction could be taken, the power to end a personal relationship could be legislated away.

Legislators seem to have chosen this from a menu of sure-fire click bait election issues. A column from Scott Keyes of ThinkProgress, at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, gives the lowdown; it’s worth reading the whole thing.

For years, social conservatives have been fighting to prevent certain people from getting married. But they’re waging a parallel battle, too: Trying to keep married couples together.

In cooperation with the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, socially conservative politicians have been quietly trying to make it harder for couples to get divorced. In recent years, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have introduced bills imposing longer waiting periods before a divorce is granted, mandating counseling courses or limiting the reasons a couple can formally split. States such as Arizona, Louisiana and Utah have already passed such laws, while others such as Oklahoma and Alabama are moving to do so.

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Easter — The Week

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

“I have a vision of a new America. I see an America that has turned her back on scandal and corruption and official cynicism … I see a government that does not spy on its citizens, that respects your dignity and your privacy and your right to be let alone … I see an American foreign policy that is as consistent and generous as the American people.”

– Presidential candidate James Earl Carter, 1976

Here I am again on a Good Friday, putting thoughts together that will, hopefully, make some sense and perhaps move the needle of our collective understanding of this period in which we find ourselves. As Eric tells us in this week’s excellent subscription edition, without Chiron’s influence in the coming Grand Cross, we might feel ourselves at a dead end. But with the Centaur lending vibratory input, no matter how dark the sludge we’re wading through now, we have options.

Political Blog, News, Information, Astrological Perspective.That’s worthy of an atta’boy, by the way. We’ve worked hard for a broader sense of ourselves over the decades — do feel free to discount the fuck-ups, they don’t resonate at the same rate — and we’re poised on discovering even more, the inevitable result of increased awareness. We’ll find more of that after we pass through this fourth of seven crosses, I suspect, headed for a new era despite all appearances.

Speaking of crosses, a friend — more than a passing acquaintance but one who knows a lot more about the Pea Patch and its cultural norms than about me — gave my son a gift to pass along, something he bought from a vender selling handmade stuff outside a country store. It’s a wooden cross, nicely finished and uncomfortably large, sporting two crossed lengths of wicked-looking barbed wire on top. Ghastly. After thinking it through, I decided to hand it back, gently suggesting it find a home elsewhere since I’m “not into the death penalty.” No sense pulling him through a spiritual wormhole he has little knowledge of, as, while he’s not religious, most of his family dance with demons as evangelicals. And I’m sure one of them would welcome such a disturbing icon.
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Astrology Today: Oracle for Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Sagittarius weekly for June 28, 2007

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You may feel like you’re drifting ever further from a breakthrough that seemed all but guaranteed just a couple of months ago. Nothing is guaranteed, yet you can go a long way toward it by claiming what is yours by practicing the faith for which your sign is so renowned. You may at this point be running that faith in reverse, fearing that your darkest assumptions carry some validity. I suggest that if you’re in this space, even a little bit, that you snap out of it. This weekend’s stunning Full Moon will remind you that you are a wealthy person, both spiritually and economically. Yet the more vital information will be how much of that spiritual wealth is still buried in the ground, waiting to be brought up to the surface of your life.

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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Up Close and Personal with the Cardinal Grand Cross: Member Edition of Planet Waves Will be on its Way Soon

New edition of Planet Waves will soon be on its way.

New edition of Planet Waves will soon be on its way.

Today’s edition takes one last look at the grand cross, in the Friday members’ article series. I offer extended readings for all 12 signs and rising signs that parse the huge amount of data into a clear and useful interpretation. The lead article looks closely at our moment, which is significant on a scale of decades or much longer. In a second article, I look at the Sun’s ingress into Taurus, conjunct what is perhaps the least-ever-used minor planet, 1992 QB1. We should be mailing this out by about 10:15 am — we are almost done.

You can access today’s full issue through a single-issue purchase. Or, sign up for a free one-month trial membership, and get our twice-weekly premium astrology service sent directly to your inbox for the Sun’s entire journey through Taurus.

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