Web Extra! Discussion with Carol van Strum about the Free Speech Movement from Berkeley in 1964:
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This is going to be an exciting week. Did I say that last week? I must have. But this week will be even more exciting, and I look at the charts on tonight’s episode of Planet Waves FM.
We first consider yesterday’s New Moon, and today’s Sun-Chiron conjunction. I discuss the astonishing equinox chart, and Mercury stationing retrograde. We’re about to experience the combined effects of the Sun, Mars, Salacia and the centaur Pholus. This will be a turning point.
I cover last week’s national student walkout, as well as this coming Saturday’s March for Our Lives protest. If you want to help with coverage of that event, please email us as soon as you can. It will help if you have a basic digital recorder — though an iPhone will do.
We also visit history with a description of the Free Speech Movement from Berkeley in 1964.
Dear Friend and Reader:
It’s only been a little more than two weeks since I finished The Art of Becoming readings. That was a deep experience — one of the most full-on phases of doing Planet Waves ever.
Here was the challenge: weaving extended readings, each taking three days to write, into my most hectic horoscope schedule ever — and doing it with technical accuracy, with love, and even with some eloquence.
This reading opens up all-new territory: Saturn in Capricorn, and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction; Chiron in Aries; Uranus in Taurus; and both Venus and Mars retrograde. I have explained these transits many times, many ways, from many viewpoints.
This process called forth the Zen master, the novelist and the alchemist in me. Just the sheer volume of ideas that I had to treat with care, working on daily, weekly, monthly and annual cycles at the same time. While I was doing it, I was wondering how I was doing it. (It took a village.)
There are certain kinds of writing that can take what newspaper editors call the “get in and get out” approach.
The Art of Becoming is more like: get in, go deeper, keep going, explore that branch of the cave system, keep going deeper, come out at the Galactic Core, take a ride on Chiron, hang out with Saturn and catch my breath, consider 1992 QB1, explore the asteroid belt, investigate Venus and Mars retrograde yet again…and get out.
I did that 12 times, 12 different ways. I have cast nearly 100 astrology charts, written about 66,000 words, and invested about 144 hours into The Art of Becoming.
This is the 20th annual edition of Planet Waves. They don’t get easier. They just get better, deeper, and easier to understand. They also get more beautiful — you can visit the website here; there are many free features.
Why am I doing this?
I have experienced the elegance, the beauty and the healing power of astrology. Astonishing, mysterious things happen every day, which I can see because I have devoted so much of my life and talent to astrology.
I want everyone to be able to experience this. I want to convey that understanding to anyone who is interested. In a way that is fully accessible, that has lasting value, and that is affordable. While I do private consultations, I cannot do many. The demand is greater than the supply. Yet I am able to distill and concentrate the essence of planetary transits into written works that are accessible.
My intention is to light the way forward. Rather than predict, I do my best to describe the environment we are in.
Please do take advantage of this work. It will serve you for years, though it won’t be the same reading in a year. It’s designed to prepare you now, for what you are experiencing now and for the next four seasons.
The overwhelming majority of customers have invested in all 12 signs, which you can share with loved ones, relatives and housemates. It costs considerably less than most astrologers charge for a one-hour reading. You can also get individual signs.
Those on fixed incomes or experiencing financial hardship, please call (845) 481-5616 and speak to Ellen.
Thank you for being a Planet Waves customer, and for trusting me as your astrologer.
PS — your reading also comes with audio and video supplements, unique to each sign, and access to last year’s amazing written readings — The Book of Your Life.
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Listen to Vision Quest on Live Stream
Planet Waves has an in-house music ensemble, called Vision Quest. We have a 38-hour loop of our music, which you can listen to any time. Included are finished pieces, rehearsals, live concerts, drum grooves, and spoken word recordings. I consider it a kind of musical divination. Click in randomly at different times of day and see what you discover.
Four Winds Almanac Now Includes Daily Horoscope
Planet Waves publishes a nifty daily astrology newsletter called the Four Winds Report. Designed as a fast read arriving early in the morning, we’re now trying an experiment — we’re including the daily horoscope for everyone.
Were it not for horoscopes, I wouldn’t be an astrologer. It was the Patric Walker daily that convinced me there was actually something to astrology, and I got my basic education studying his column each day in the New York Post.
I pack a lot of energy into each sign’s 50-word write up. Part of the value of astrology is the timing, and daily allows for precision, as well as chronicling a narrative day by day.
Your almanac also includes information about Mayan astrology (long count and short count dates), several formats of the current date (including Hebrew and Islamic), a daily birthday reading, and special discounts on products and services.
Best of all, we take no outside advertising.