‘I feel your integrity’

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Hi Eric,

When I first began subscribing to planet waves I was still coming from a fairly unconscious place and my interest was mainly the horoscopes. Yours seemed a lot deeper and more personal than most and I liked the frequency of them. The politics and the bigger picture and feeling like a part of something didn’t come until a bit later, when I was simultaneously working my way towards becoming a more conscious human being.

I think the fact that the articles are so inclusive, Eric, makes me feel as though you have a heartfelt desire for everyone to awaken, to be active and it translates, I don’t know how. It is subtle but at the same time loud. You speak to the humanity in us, that which connects us.

So, as I said, my focus was pretty self-centered initially but your voice was insistent. That you referenced other material like A Course in Miracles was a huge turning point for me. In fact, I went and read it because I was encouraged to educate myself so I could better understand what you were talking about. I had encountered it and other sources you’ve mentioned like Edgar Cayce and the Theosophical Society independently and I felt as though the universe was speaking to me. I think that was the moment I realised that you are a human being with a whole world of your own experience that you are sharing with me and that our paths cross, in ways beyond a weekly horoscope. That is why I subscribe. And because I can count on you all there to uncover the truth, I feel your integrity.

Lots of love,
Bronwyn from Sydney

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Freedom’s Potential: A Remembrance

Editor’s Note: This is the Judith Gayle weekly Political Waves from Friday, June 4, 2010. She is featured each week in Planet Waves Astrology News. This week we will be highlighting her writing with one new post each evening.

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Times They Are A Changing
–Bob Dylan

Saturn and Uranus oppose each another in a clash of Titans, reminding me that I wore flowers in my hair in Golden Gate Park long before the Summer of Love, feeling the energy dance on my skin like fireflies sparking off light. That was before the drugs went bad and the ghetto-fires raged, before the snipers loaded their rifles and St. Ronnie the Reagan told us that hippies looked and smelled like Cheetah, before the establishment decided that kids were the enemy, before the churches began to howl about taking back American values. Even when it all went viral, the air was electric with purpose and determination. And while this isn’t the Summer of Love, Part Deux, perhaps it’s the cynic’s version.

Those were days when we had supreme confidence both in ourselves and in our ability to impact the world. We believed in the vote, in the Constitution and the American system of checks and balances. We had respect for science that took us to the Moon, and medicine that gave us the first heart transplant. Television was benign, and news still showed actual pictures of war deaths and protests against them. We gave a slight nod to militarism at its leanest and meanest, but considered Vietnam an egregious example of exploitive empire building. We cracked open politics to get a good look at its dark underbelly. We marched through the haze of tear gas and threats of baton-wielding cops to make our voices heard. Our American Dream was more about freedom’s potential than its actuality, even as we took advantage of the liberty that citizenship provided us. We had no idea how good we had it.

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Weekly audio for June 23

Good morning…we are just past solstice and heading into a partial lunar eclipse — and I’ve done my best to present the implications of this astrology. Here is your link. Remember, this isn’t really free audio — it’s sponsored by subscribers to Planet Waves Astrology News, our Tuesday/Friday news, horoscope and astrology magazine. If you’re one of those people who has always wanted to sign up, you’re invited to slip out of contemplation and into action — the more subscribers we have, the more services we can offer everyone.

With love from Cedar Rapids, this is
Eric Francis

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Astrology Today: The Oracle for Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today’s Oracle takes us back to the Leo weekly of May 09, 2008

The Oracle.

A career matter is likely to be the focus of a personal relationship, and in some ways it’s a turning point there. Professionally and personally, you appear to be on a roll, and you seem to be taking new territory after a long phase of hesitation. You may feel that the issue involves your success feeling like a threat to someone close to you, but I don’t think this is true. What you’re seeing is likely to be a natural result of your putting out a lot of energy; that usually means change and change tends to give people a feeling of instability. Listen to what anyone close to you has to say and offer what support you can, but please focus on your mission. You’re in a rare moment when you can expand your horizons in a way that takes you past a tipping point that you’ve worked a very long time to reach.

(The Daily Oracle is a random selection from one of 10,000 Eric Francis horoscopes. New horoscopes by Eric are published weekly plus twice a month in Planet Waves Astrology News and Planet Waves Light. The Oracle itself is a divination tool available to subscribers to either of these services.)

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‘It helps keep me open’

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I began reading your page, wow, ages ago.  I can’t honestly remember when.  I think it was because you had filled in on Jonathan Cainer’s site and I liked your style and checked you out.

I imagine the bigger question is why I keep coming back.  I just read your thank you message, and I think the description of this effort being a warm place on the internet is true.  I wrote to you a long time ago because I was amazed how on point your horoscopes were for me.  I don’t mean in the predictive sense really, because to be honest I don’t use horoscopes as some kind of answer to problems in my life.  I actually find if I am feeling that vulnerable and needing answers that desperately for my life, then the last place I  should be looking is to a horoscope — and I can’t imagine that your aim is to somehow fix my life anyway. I think that’s why I come to your site, because it helps me keep open.  I often find it a very reinforcing space.

I recently printed my Pisces horoscope for March, pasted it to my wall, and meditated to it in the evenings.  For me, I find your work helps me to ground myself when I am being pulled in lots of directions.  In part because there is a focus to your horoscopes, they build upon each other and thus allow me to reflect on what you’ve proposed.  What always surprises me is how well these focused questions or ideas align with my life — I know that is kinda the purpose of horoscopes but it is still a little eerie when it seems like a broadcasted monthly horoscope responds so well to exactly what’s going on for me.  I am presuming that’s why this is your gift.

Oh and a shout out to Chelsea who seriously rocks the casbah, man.  She is always super helpful and just stellar to deal with.

Take care,

A. from Halifax

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Alma Mater of Chelsea Bottinelli

Campus of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa -- from which Chelsea Bottinelli, the Planet Waves business manager, is a graduate. This is not the Cornell on the shores of old Cauyga. Photo by Eric Francis.

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Chiron Has a Message

By Len Wallick

We don’t know yet. We can’t tell yet. We can’t see yet. Since April 20, 2010, the 900 pound gorilla has grown and grown and grown. If you don’t know what that refers to, take a deep breath, feel the sun on your back, have a drink of water or touch a tree and consider that the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico could just possibly and ultimately take all of that away.

We don’t know yet. Given one short-sighted lie after another, we don’t know how bad it is or how bad it’s going to get. Uranus ingressed Aries on May 27 just as we were waking up to the scope of lies and dismal potential. Jupiter following the next week seems to have magnified things. But we don’t know yet.

We can’t tell yet. Since Saturn stationed forward in late Virgo on May 30, nobody has been willing to say if the the petroleum volcano can be stopped or when. If the damage can be healed or when. If balance in the natural world is irretrievably lost. If justice can be achieved in the law and economics. Saturn usually corresponds to creating structures for sustenance, but we can’t tell yet.

We can’t see yet. Pluto in Capricorn historically corresponds with a restructuring of institutions and cultures. It seems inevitable that it would happen in a world increasingly toxic. But the transformation and metamorphosis of Pluto often takes place in the dark and we can’t see yet.

Above all, the square aspect calls for action. Two would shout. Four is a constant scream to do something and now. Put those four on the cardinal points and no consciousness is exempt. But if we don’t know, if we can’t tell and we can’t see our way clear, what exactly are we supposed to do? That hooks us back to yesterday’s blog. Back not only to the corresponding geometry but also the single underlying ethic of baseball.

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Astrology Today: The Oracle for Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today’s Oracle takes us back to the Taurus monthly of October 01, 2006

The Oracle.

A relationship is looking for some extra space within your household or living space. This may account for the pressure you’re feeling. It’s not enough to clear things up on the mental or emotional levels; the physical plane needs a lot of attention these days, and in your life right now that means freeing up a room or finding a space to spend time where there is enough room to have some freedom and uninterrupted time. The emotional challenges still persist — but will be easier in a clean, well-lighted place.

(The Daily Oracle is a random selection from one of 10,000 Eric Francis horoscopes. New horoscopes by Eric are published weekly plus twice a month in Planet Waves Astrology News and Planet Waves Light. The Oracle itself is a divination tool available to subscribers to either of these services.)

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‘We are spiritual beings living a human existence’

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Dear Eric:

I signed up for your newsletter after reading you for some time via Cainer’s site and your original Astrology Secrets Revealed forum.

What attracted me to your work was that you are working with the esoteric elements of Astrology and not just the usual arcane interpretations, as you do work with the energies as they are meant to be — holistically in every area of life.

Everything that I have read points towards the fact that we are spiritual beings living a human existence and that we are here to remember what that life is meant to be; astrology is just the start of an ancient tool that helps us work with and through these issues and we need good astrologers, like many who you admire and many who have come before us, to navigate that journey.

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Facing Our Demons — Or Not

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

Standing back from our political situation, I think of the Laurel and Hardy schtick where Ollie turns to Stan and says, “Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into.” Blubbering, Stanley wheezes out little peeps of distress, squinches up his face and scratches his head.

We’re Ollie. We’re Stan. And this fine mess is the result of decades of policies and decisions by Reagan, Bush the Elder, Clinton and Bush the Younger. Obama is the newest engineer on our runaway train, but he doesn’t seem to have any magic tricks to offer us. Most presidents don’t have to deal with both domestic and foreign firestorms at the same time, and you can tell that Obama would rather be flying at jet speed, not careening along on rickety, old paradigm tracks toward the cliff looming ahead. Doubtless there are some mornings when Obama peeps, squinches and scratches, too; perhaps most mornings.

In order to free Congress for big legislation like health care and energy reform, Obama chose to ‘move on’ from Bushy criminal investigations, thus taking on ownership of the fine mess we’re in. The obvious result of GW’s hubristic tenure — hyperextending militarism and the free market right to the edge on warring, spending, borrowing and deregulating — is that we’re now over the edge on every front. Government has always kept the worst projections and assessments from the public in order to keep the economy calm and the people compliant. The good news is that, coming off several decades of denial-binge, the public now recognizes that facts trump political rhetoric. The bad news is that the political system is so hamstrung by partisanship that it can’t move more than baby steps at a time, impeded by those who think “the good old days” of American dominance and expansion are still an option.

In this country, “where seldom is heard a discouraging word,” we lie to each other and to ourselves to preserve that sunny Reaganesque illusion. Believing lies is our national version of Prozac. Not wanting to know is a sedation overdose that has now landed us all in the emergency room. Because we still don’t want to face the truth, we continue to slap band-aids on national wounds to our treasury, liberties and ethics that gush like BP’s failed pipes. Each day that passes makes a dire situation more critical.

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