Total Eclipse in Pisces, Indian Point is Leaking, Primary Election Follies and the Laniakea Galactic Supercluster


Here’s the full edition of Democracy Now! with the report on Trump and the David Duke / KKK flap.

Dear Friend and Reader:

Tonight we have a gorgeous Planet Waves FM for you, really, three programs in one. First a reminder — this program is sponsored by your memberships to Planet Waves.

A total solar eclipse photographed by Anthony Ayiomamitis.

In the first segment, I read the chart for the total solar eclipse in Pisces that happens one week from today. I look closely at the many, many Pisces planets.

What I neglect to mention is the presence of Jupiter in Virgo, serving as a massive counterweight to all that Pisces, without which the world might spin off of its axis.

As you listen, keep in mind that all those planets are opposite Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

There are so many planets conjunct the eclipse that it’s tempting to ignore them. Those include asteroid Photographica, centaur Nessus, Mercury, dwarf planet Ceres, the South Node, the Sun, the Moon, asteroid Memoria, Kuiper object Borasisi, and centaur Chiron. Jeez. However, I actually make sense of this alignment, at least in my own mind.

I then break for music by Sloan Wainwright, possibly my very favorite artist to feature on Planet Waves FM. When you listen, check out how she swings her gorgeous, alto voice. It’s like she’s pulsing to some rhythm that only she can hear.

In the second segment I do a news roundup that I had much help compiling, from my friends on the Eco List (Lizanne, Amanda, Amy, Len, Carol, Cynthia and others). First I look at the underground leak at the Indian Point nuclear plant just north of New York City. With the help of Manna Jo Green at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, I was able to learn what that’s about.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), an Iraq veteran who resigned this week as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to endorse Bernie Sanders.

The Borasisi connection (that is, the solar eclipse) is vital: the last time there was a New Moon conjunct that outer planet, the Fukushima tsunami and triple meltdown occurred.

Then I go over an issue that hasn’t made the news yet — a massive release of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulphur compounds that flooded the West Coast a week ago and may be a precursor to an earthquake [" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">see really freaky satellite video here].

Next up is U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), an Iraq vet and congresswoman who resigned this week as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could endorse Bernie Sanders for president.

This was apparently so controversial that her appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show last night was either disappeared or buried so deep nobody can find it on the MSNBC website. I speculate about what might have happened.

Last, I look into the incident wherein Donald Trump was endorsed by ex-KKK chief and white supremacist David Duke. Yes, that’s what I said. Trump pretended not to know about Duke, the KKK or white supremacy. For that, I have the help of Democracy Now!, our sister program on the Pacifica Network.

Illustration of the Laniakea Supercluster from a Nature video. Tonight we feature an interview with Prof. Brent Tully, the leader of the astronomical team that mapped this out in 2014. " target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">See the video here.

Bonus Section: Interview with Prof. Brent Tully, Galactic Astronomer

I’ve been saving this interview for a few weeks, and am presenting it now. It’s with Brent Tully of the University of Hawaii (today is Hawaii Day), who is part of the project of mapping out the supercluster of which the Milky Way galaxy is part.

Our supercluster (of about 100,000 galaxies) is called Laniakea, and it all leads to this thing I have often referenced, called the Great Attractor.

Prof. Tully is a specialist in measuring the distances between galaxies. He’s one of four people on the Laniakea team that has been mapping out the way that the group of galaxies that surround us is structured.

Friendly Pisces astrophysicist Prof. Brent Tully.

In the illustration above, you can see their depiction of the various shapes that galaxy groups take, which in our neck of the universe all lead back to the Great Attractor in mid-Sagittarius, something I’ve mentioned in astrology readings many times.

Basically, it turns out that the center of our little galaxy is nearby in Sagittarius, but so too is the center of the known universe. It’s located about 200 million light years away. If Sagittarians have ever seemed a little extra something to you, this illustrates the point.

Tully first takes us through what a galaxy is, what a black hole is, what dark matter is — and then we move on, to the structure of our supercluster. This is a truly amazing presentation that you will not hear the likes of anyplace else.

I am always grateful when an astronomer is supportive of the work that research astrologers are doing. They tend to be the very brightest scientists who understand that we are interested in the cosmos just like they are.

And that’s your program.



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