Eristocrat of the Global Village
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Dear Friend and Reader:
Monday, September 19, we say goodbye to Elizabeth II, who reigned over the United Kingdom for 70 years. For most people, she is the only queen they can name, except maybe for Freddy Mercury.
Elizabeth was born at the dawn of radio, in 1926. The first mass medium, meaning that everyone listened together, radio transformed the world into what Marshall McLuhan called the Global Village.
Her public debut was a live radio presentation on BBC Children's Hour in 1940 a few years after she had become heir apparent. Radio was a family legacy; the previous year, her father George VI, had overcome a debilitating stammer — his speech freezing up — to become an effective wartime king and address his people. This was the subject the phenomenal film The King's Speech.
The teenage Princess Elizabeth's eloquent wartime broadcast encouraged strength and courage in the children of the empire who had been evacuated from the cities to temporary homes in the countryside, and even to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States — a move designed to protect the next generation.
"Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all," she said, revealing something of the life she led as a royal. In so doing, she said: you're one of us.
Venus Square Mars: A Case in Point
Dear Friend and Reader:
Venus and Mars form a square aspect in the mutable signs Virgo and Gemini on Friday, Sept. 16. This is one of the most interesting and potentially challenging aspects in astrology, the more so because it describes a diversity of matters that relate to gender identity, internal sexual dynamics and how someone works out their emotions and desires.
Venus and Mars are all about human experience. They relate ideas such as come hither, let’s get cozy, you’re adorable, snag the guy, get the girl and let’s fuck. Even dogs understand them.
Everyone has Venus and Mars in their chart. From its origins, astrology was visionary about this: nobody is strictly male or female; we all possess some proportion of the two. There is even an androgynous influence, Mercury.
The question is how these factors relate to one another. Are they balanced? Do they argue? Are one’s own inner masculine and feminine in some harmony? In what style are they expressed?
For the square aspect that is happening now, and generally, the question is: what do you need to work out for yourself that you’re projecting onto others?
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Weekly Horoscope for Sept. 15, 2022, by Eric Francis
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ARIES (March 20-April 19) — Your ruling planet Mars is slowing down to its forthcoming retrograde, and delivering you a series of messages you would have to be sleeping to miss. Since we live in the age of anesthesia, I’ll translate as best I can. At the moment, the primary question involves understanding the results of your prior sexual experiences. The value that is up for review is the use of sex for any purpose other than communication and pleasure. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
TAURUS (April 19-May 20) — It is interesting what you leave to fate and what you think is subject to your personal impulses. Right now, you seem to be rolling the dice on a matter about which you need to make a careful personal evaluation. The theme of your charts for the foreseeable future involves being of two minds about something, and tending to emphasize one of them at the expense of the other. By that, I mean you may be denying the existence of a whole realm of your inner reality and most personal priorities. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
GEMINI (May 20-June 21) — Mars has reached a sensitive spot on the way to its retrograde phase beginning Oct. 30. The result is you may be getting these flashes that you live in a far greater universe than you ever imagined. It’s as if you’ve lived in a little cottage in a forest but never went more than a mile from your home. Then one morning you wake up from a dream that you’ve been levitated one mile into the air. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
CANCER (June 21-July 22) — When you’re driving through a fog at night, turning up the high beams does not usually help. Rather, low-angled, dim light gets the job done, and that is what I suggest you apply to your current situation. Your chart describes the perfect opportunity to navigate using a kind of intuitive intelligence that serves you well. Most people, however, confuse intuition and paranoia. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
LEO (July 22-Aug. 23) — It will help you to keep track of where the boundary of your life ends and that of other people begins. This idea is not a line that can be marked with a border control checkpoint. So the most effective way to determine the edge will be to notice your priorities, and how they compare to those of others. This is mostly about your friends rather than intimate partners, though they will have a role. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — You may be experiencing an energy lag and a spike in frustration. They are closely related, and this is something of a global condition. If you can relax a little, you’ll be able to use the energy lull as an opportunity to listen to yourself. Give this a few days; it’s currently your birthday season, and even if your anniversary was a few weeks ago, this is still an important time of reflection. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
LIBRA (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You may be having some challenges figuring out who your friends really are. Yet this is not so difficult to discern; a friend is what a friend does. People who care about you will do so openly. People who love and value you will never seek to manipulate or take advantage of you; we owe it to ourselves to refer to such conduct as something other than love. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — If you find yourself pushing back against something, or in some way rebelling, the chances are that it involves wanting to move on from your early family structure. Usually we carry this around like a turtle carries his shell, one and the same as it. Yet as a person, you need to determine for yourself the type of emotional house you want to live in. Familiarity is not your friend, as what is familiar is likely to be the very thing you want to move on from (and note the connection to the word family) Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — The main reason people hesitate to exercise their power is they are afraid it might get a result. Not wanting to stir things up, they end up feeling powerless because they give themselves no other option. In fact you have plenty of options, though they all depend on your being willing to speak, to listen to what others say, and to make decisions that are based on something other than your fears. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Here is something of potential use: of all the planets, Pluto in Capricorn is in the latest degree. Its position as of the last-quarter phase of the Moon is just over 26 degrees, higher than any of the major planets, centaurs or asteroids in any sign. This is symbolic of you heading into unfamiliar territory that is very much at the edge of your own reality. Pluto in your sign has put you in this position many times and many ways for as long as you can remember. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Those with Aquarius Sun, Moon or rising are currently blessed with an opportunity to move some of your creative energy through your body, mind and soul. Start in small ways: a package of clay and not Mount Rushmore; a pencil sketch and not the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. One verse of a song, or even a few lines, are the point of beginning; the underlying theme is not a great accomplishment but rather that you exercise your creative will. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Be bold about your financial moves, which begin with understanding and then asserting your worth. Set your price high rather than low, and be willing to do business only with those who are willing to meet you there. You have a way of underestimating yourself, whether it’s your usefulness, your value or the unique contribution you can make. That people are often content with substitutes plays into this. Therefore, assert yourself as the real thing and know that there is really no comparable alternative. Read More | Subscribe or Revive | Request Promo Code
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