Planet Waves FM: News Roundup and Mars square Eris

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15 Responses to Planet Waves FM: News Roundup and Mars square Eris

  1. Carrie says:

    Weird that some here have mentioned that “feeling of despair.” My friend called me last night feeling exactly that; she had watched the news and felt a feeling of being overwhelmed and having despair. I did my best to cheer her up by telling her some of the things I have read here at PW (and I encouraged her to visit here and even subscribe). I did that not as a sales pitch but because PW and Co. have been amazing in helping me along in this craziness we call “current events.”

    After we talked for a while, she felt better. This is just one of the many ways ALL the folks here at PW help even those who never have read this site. Thanks so much for all your contributions here; they help people you have never met but who need a lift now and then.

  2. Lea Burning River says:

    Thanks all for suggested links and reading–will definitely look into the masculinity side isssue of Eris’s business with getting us clear.

    Go Texas–if you-all let that law pass we-all are closer to doom–

    but doom may not be that bad compared to what is cooking here right now (I also feel the despair at times, Eric–but sadge always perks me up– )

    thanks to all bloggers and PW writers–WE are not alone at least

    hugs to all +_+

  3. susyc says:

    I sometimes think the ‘castaway woman’ is not in such dire straits as we might think from all the noise from people like Christine O’Donnell. I wonder if people like her are being place before us so that more of us can see them for who they are, self-haters propagating self-hate to others. I got this in my email last week which I took as a hopeful sign, not that there isn’t a lot of work to do:

    “Finding that Texas’s intrusive ultrasound law violates the First Amendment and certifying our case as a class action, a federal judge has blocked the state from enforcing significant parts of the law until the case is resolved.

    That means doctors won’t face the threat of losing their medical licenses if they do not show women seeking abortions their ultrasound images—as the law requires, even if the women say no. Doctors cannot be forced to describe the sonograms, or to make women listen to the fetal heartbeat over their objections.

    The ruling makes clear what we have been saying all along—this law makes doctors puppets in the hands of an overreaching legislature seeking to undermine women’s reproductive rights by any means available.

    As the judge himself writes, the law “compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen.”

    We will not allow these lawmakers to turn back the clock on reproductive rights in Texas—and, with this lawsuit, we’re sending a message to anti-choice politicians everywhere that we will fight relentlessly to beat back their attacks.”

  4. zerosity zerosity says:

    I am fascinated by the “castaway women’s roles” and wondering just how many there are being driven back into the shadows. It is such a blessing to have learned to stop and recognize when a “button” has been pushed that brings an automoton reaction to an idea or issue, and ask the questions just where did the belief originate, what is the source. So much bullshit has been foisted upon us that we are not just hypnotized, we are numb and unthinking.

    It is good to know that there are others (Eric and much of the PW community) who see much of what is happening, and yet don’t slip/slide into utter despair. (Someone actually called me “cheerful” the other day. That’s a real stretch, but an interesting observation/perspective of my “attitude.”)

    For me, it is archetypal astrology that offers a near view and a long view on the events and actions/re-actions. When astrology is considered along with our free will and ability choose and to take response-ability, there is at least a glimmer of understanding that makes much of it bearable. And, when it is totally unfathomable (as in the utter lack of compassion), not sure what to do, other than go “WTF?”

    Thanks, Eric, for the meditation question for me for the day: what is the motivation for purpose, in seeking purpose?


  5. Stellium in Sag says:

    ahhh, I just lost my thoughts with an unruly keyboard stroke!

    I ||won’t struggle||, it’s all good.
    abridged version: nice bullshit catch, your comments are great, I signed the petition,

    wandering: are you doing OK??

    always a pleasure *k*

    now I gotta finish something I’m working on in another tab.

    & sweet dreamsssss

  6. fontanelle33 says:

    The Shadow King by Sidra Stone is very helpful in regards to the whole woman’s masculinity thingie and it has a great cover!

  7. shebear13 shebear13 says:

    Speaking of us being played. Howsabout this BullShit?

    Gaia howls in derision and it continues to fall on deaf ears. Or does it….?

  8. shebear13 shebear13 says:

    I started to pay attention to my anger and own that I had heaps of it during the Merc Rx in Virgo in the summer 2010. I found myself digging to the deepest part of me to say I was *no longer* going to appease any situation that was blatantly unjust and which caused unnecessary sufferings. I was going to quit allowing myself to bend and accommodate the status quo, always at the expense of my integrity. I was suffering inside and it was *not* fun. In actual fact it was killing me.

    That was the beginning step in what feels like a year long initiation process, that today appears to have placed me at a place of fearlessness about being who I really, truly am. That I am a person who seeks justice without apology, that I will fight for an end to hypocrisy and mind control but with a consistently warm, tender, compassionate heart. Yes I have a TON of anger inside me but I’ve begun learning how to express it in an artful, conscious way; a way that seems to get other’s attention and opens up a space for creative ideas to flow. Just this afternoon I reaped a healthy reward in a work situation by virtue of the fact I was patient enough to bear witness to the unfolding of events and to simply let it happen.

    Everything that I wanted to happen, did happen.
    ‘Nuff said!

  9. Lea Burning River says:

    Oh, wandering yeti–I really like your thoughts–all of them; esp. what REALLY caused the wars. Seeing Eris as Raven or Trickster fits her very well. Still Meryl Streep did a great job interpreting the cast away woman in the movie I just referred to. Thanks for sharing, yeti.+_+

  10. Lea Burning River says:

    I thought of Meryl Streep’s interpretation of “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” during your insightful discussion of Eris. Thank you for your thoughtful interfacing with the realities of this planet’s effect on all of us. As always. xo +_+ ox

  11. Eric Francis Eric Francis says:

    Right, everyone plays a role in starting the war; Eris actually rolls the ball and does the intentional, irreversible thing, understanding the nature of the goddesses on the other side, though perhaps not knowing what is going to happen per se. Happy to air out this myth here. It’s a rich one. Remember, the Greeks were not particularly fond of women.

  12. wandering_yeti says:

    Maybe Paris started the wars by not considering the deeper implications of accepting bribes from jealous goddesses. He offended Hera and Athena by playing favorites. As the human he was the only one with the freedom to wake up and do something that’s never been done before. Instead he acted like a drunken centaur. Maybe Eris offered them an opportunity to wake up and they botched it.

  13. wandering_yeti says:

    The rest of Eris’ story shows a lot more of what went on. A guy named Paris was chosen as the judge of this pageant and the contest was to offer the judge something he really wanted. Athena offered him military power and victory. Hera offered him political power. Aphrodite offered him Helen of Troy. He chose Aphrodite’s bait, Helen’s prince was deeply offended and then you got the Helenic Wars.

    It doesn’t seem to me to be correct to say that Eris started the wars. Aphrodite started them by offering something she couldn’t give- the love of another human. Jealousy started the war, not Eris’ apple. The apple may have been the match, but the Olympian egos carried the torches.

    Sure Eris played a practical joke, but it seems to fit the style of trickster spirits like Coyote and Raven. The Olympians started the war by playing the same state of mind illustrated by Tolkein’s ring: MINE MINE MINE!

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