Mark Karlin, Truthout: Angela P. Harris speaks with Truthout about a new anthology she coedited, Presumed Incompetent, in which 30 academics describe how universities balk at bestowing tenure on professors who are not white, straight, from the upper classes or otherwise “members of the club.”
Joseph M. Schwartz, Truthout: Thomas Piketty’s bestseller,Capital in the Twenty-First Century, provided an economic framework for the startling rise of inequality, but the book too often downplayed political causes and failed to suggest enough plausible socialist solutions to help reverse the neoliberal trend.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Dan A. Hughes Oil Company and the Collier Resources Company agreed to terminate their lease agreement, with the exception of one well, next to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. But without a moratorium on fracking, the state is still not safe from the fracking industry.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Dr. Jeff Ritterman discusses the latest research linking glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, to an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in many parts of the world.
Rania Khalek, The Electronic Intifada: There is no equating the killing and maiming of dozens of innocent Palestinians with scared Israelis seeking shelter from crude rockets that rarely cause damage. But that hasn’t stopped media outlets from trying, and in some cases, outright lying, to distort the violence.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy and Research: The government and the economy are so thoroughly integrated it is impossible to separate the two. We should not imagine that we have an economy sitting out in space, which the government adds to or subtracts from.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Looking over the past term, the Roberts Court has repeatedly sought to increase the rights of those who wish to oppress others. The Court is sending a clear message: that for those that do not share the values of the rich, powerful, Christian (and probably white) male, justice in the US is probably not for you.
Sarah Anderson, OtherWords: In the four years since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reforms into law, regulators have dragged their feet on implementing these executive compensation reforms. In this leadership vacuum, state and local activists and lawmakers are stepping up.
John Pilger, CounterPunch: Like Iraq’s embargoed infants, and Afghanistan’s “liberated” women and girls, terrorized by the CIA’s warlords, the ethnic people of Ukraine are media unpeople in the west, their suffering and the atrocities committed against them minimized or suppressed.
Reprieve notes that two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are trying to take advantage of the recent Hobby Lobby decision to be granted the freedom to pray during Ramadan; Jeremy Brecher announces the historic People’s Climate March has union backing; Kevin Zeese says whistleblower Edward Snowden going on trial in the US would be like Alice in Wonderland going to court; Kyi May Kaung warns caution is needed before calling Burma a democratic transformation miracle; Palina Prasasouk reports from a New York City march supporting the people of Gaza; Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, points out that the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel with US support is the true cause of violence as Israel bombards the Gaza Strip; and more.
Thank you Cindy! The colors in these pictures are so vivid I expect to smell the trees when I breathe;-)
They sustain us
They take in poisonous carbon dioxide,
and emit pure oxygen.
These massive Canyon Oaks grow on western coastal mountain ridges.
Rare giant canyon oaks like these can reach up to 90 feet in height.
These giants are growing in Mt. Palomar State Park which lies about 35 miles east of The Holler as a crow flies at 5-6000 feet elevation.
The acorns created by these Canyon Oaks provided critical sustenance to ancient peoples.
The Luiseno people’s metates, or ancient acorn grinding holes, are unmarked, but visible throughout the park.
I added this as a late postscript. Check out the list of the world’s oldest living trees. Worth pondering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_trees
Cheers to you from Mt. Palomar’s gentle, life-sustaining, giants~
As I’ve said before, any time Team Dark—human and nonhuman—amps up their negative, distracting, derailing, fear-mongering, focus over here people and not over there efforts on global humanity, it’s always an indicator that some very positive, very high NEW Divine Ascension related energies are about to arrive on Earth for humanity. That’s why Team Dark […]
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: When his brother was murdered in Dallas, the comfortable world of Robert Kennedy exploded. He would unleash himself upon American politics as an avatar for the poor, the downtrodden, the sick and the hopeless.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: As the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act passes, studies show racial biases, characterized by the likes of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling, are alive and well.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: The future of a progressive social order that works for the benefit of all requires a reversal of predatory capitalism’s escape from regulation, power over labor and stranglehold over a globalized operating environment.
Julia Hotz, Inter Press Service: Civil rights groups have withdrawn their support for a major legislative proposal that would outlaw workplace discrimination against sexual minorities, warning the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobbydecision could exempt companies on religious grounds.
Sarah Jaffe, In These Times: An NYU incident teaches lessons about the possibilities and limitations of student-labor coalitions, the latest anti-union strategies of corporations and the current state of labor struggles.
Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica: A Brooklyn man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for a crime he likely did not commit will receive $3 million from New York State. He may get even more from New York City.
Jessica Davies, CIP Americas Program: In May, hundreds of members of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York, mostly women of all ages, came together to honor the life and struggle of the murdered Zapatista from La Realidad known as Galeano.
John Light, Moyers & Company: A study published last week in the journal Science adds more detail to the already widely acknowledged finding that fracking leads to earthquakes. It’s not the extraction of oil and gas that causes the tremors, it’s the method of disposing the wastewater that’s to blame.
Edward S. Herman, Z Magazine: Violence in Ukraine terminated a negotiated settlement brokered by EU members that would have ended the chaos, created an interim government and required elections by December.
I apologize for not posting this on Saturday as usual but some elements in this weekend’s Oracle Report resulted in my weekend being spent thinking deeply about some very serious things.
I believe that most people mean well, they have good intentions and most of us try to do the right thing, be decent to others and cause no harm.
I also believe that many if not most people are drowning in information overload and simply cannot keep track of everything.
So, it’s not surprising to me that Laura, who I deeply respect and admire, is unaware of the origin of some things she shares in this report.
I could not post it, however, without doing my best to help make everyone more aware. This is one of the reasons I started this blog back in 2011. You see, many people are drawn to a spiritual practice rooted in nature, and this often leads to an interest in a generic, marketed product called “Native American shamanism”.
There never was such a thing before the modern media and profit driven era. In Native American society religion and spirituality are deeply personal, and very deeply rooted in specific culture, location, history and ancestry.
There simply is no generic all inclusive Native American spirituality. Shamanism is a modern adaptation of a Tungus (Siberian) word to apply to similar practices in wildly different societies.
It was popularized by a man named Michael Harner. While I have read Harner’s work and respect what he is trying to do in democratizing certain spiritual practices; what has been done with his work is in some cases part of the ongoing genocide of Native Nations.
Since I’m absolutely positive that Laura and my readers have no desire to participate in genocide, I’m going to attempt to explain how this works and how I believe we can exercise freedom of spiritual pursuit without encouraging or engaging in genocidal activities.
If you are familiar with copyright and trademark you understand the basic idea behind Native American people’s opposition to New Age co-optation of our spiritual cultures.
Unlike a corporations trademark or an author’s copyright, though, this infringement has much deeper and more destructive effects-especially on youth.
Those who profit from selling a bastardized version of ancestral teachings are taking the last remaining structure that colonization has not yet destroyed and commodifying it-turning the sacred into sound bites, fast food for the soul-with equally nutritious results!
Sun Bear, who is native, was on the original list of plastic shamans the Lakota published along with their declaration of war on all who participate in co-optation and commodification of their spiritual traditions.
The medicine wheel and all it’s associated material came from Sun Bear.
While Native Nations have in many cases used sage, calling the four directions in the circle and other elements Sun Bear incorporated in his books, they are far from unique in doing so.
Modern Neo-pagans, the Catholic and Byzantine churches-and all the western esoteric movements based on them like Rosicrucians, Golden Dawn, Masons etc, and many others incorporate the burning of sacred, protective herbs such as sage, frankincense and sandalwood; including the elements and directions etc in their rituals and practices.
We can have a modern shamanism movement (which we certainly do already have) without reference to or co-optation of, Native American cultures.
You can find lots more on this topic here on Spirit In Action or by searching terms like plastic shamans and Lakota Declaration of war.
I’m not trying to be rude or unkind to anyone, and I intend no disrespect toward Laura who I know is simply using these terms to help people understand these concepts of protection using spiritual tools.
I just cannot participate in the continuing privilege based entitlement to ignore what doesn’t directly affect us as being unimportant. It is important. If we want to create a golden age; “a world that works for everyone” then we have to become conscious of our own actions especially when those actions harm others.
If our spiritual traditions become fake watered down commodities what will our children have left?
Already our languages are in many cases already gone, our lands have been stolen and polluted, flooded (by James Bay and other hydropower projects), fracked, mined, flattened for cities or tilled for poisonous industrial agriculture, and so many of us are in a diaspora, separated from ancestors and current relatives, our governments dissolved and colonized government imposed by U.S. And Canada-is it really too much to ask that people not keep taking and destroying especially when it is so completely unnecessary?
FROM WISE OWL BLY WHILE ENJOYING THE BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN
NEW AUDIO RECORDING: “Shift in the Game II: Full Moon”
July 11, 2014
“Shift in the Game II: Full Moon” July 11, 2014
Saturday, July 12 – Sunday, July 13, 2014
Full Moon Phase: illumination
Moon in Capricorn/Aquarius
Ruling Mahavidya: Dhumavati (Goddess of Death) and Kali (The Destroyer)
Skill: open your eyes to what the Full Moon is illuminates for you
Negative Imprint: anger, jealousy, projection of issues onto others
Positive Imprint: taking good care of people and things including ourselves
The energetics of this lunar month focus on bringing us liberation – freedom – from something that has blocked us. With the Full Moon, we have fullest light to become enlightened to what that is. We look back to what has transpired for us since the New Moon on June 27th. From what are you being released? What is changing? Is it your mind? Is it your heart?
Full Moon phases bring the fullest expression of the energy imprinted back at New Moon phases. Things reach a head during Full Moons. A fever often stirs.
Full Moon phase energy is closely associated with three people – particularly love triangles. The Sabian symbols for the Full Moon phase repeatedly emphasize the number 3. This will manifest in various ways. You could have an unusual sighting of three animals, see an unusual animal three times, be the odd person out, or triangulate a destination. It can show up in any way. This energetic signature will be present for the rest of this lunar month. It’s a signal to us and usually coincides with thinking about or being in the middle of a certain situation. This situation is undergoing shift and change. Remember that this month, things that have been coming apart, loosening up, or breaking apart are in an accelerated process of decline.
And, as discussed yesterday at the end of the audio recording posted above atwww.oraclereport.com, the other question that presents itself for consideration for the remainder of the month is What has been forbidden to you? The Wisdom Goddess Dhumavati wields this question for our instruction as the Moon wanes back to darkness and rebirth. Things that have seemed unattainable, unthinkable, unbelievable, or undoable perhaps are not so much so. The point is to liberate our minds to at least entertain the idea. It may seem quite radical to you based on previous beliefs.
One other thing to keep in mind as we continue under the heavy Mars/Eris energy of aggression, conflict, battle (and personal revelation) is that the Moon will aspect Jupiter around 10:30 pm ET Saturday / 02:30 am UT Sunday – just before the Moon moves into Aquarius. This is the last time the Moon will aspect Jupiter while Jupiter is in Cancer. When the Moon moves into Aquarius and as it transits through Aquarius for a couple of days, shadow sides will be activated (“Black Moon days” as I call them). This is because the Black Moon is in Leo, and triggers not only Leo but also Aquarius. Wise owls who are Leos and Aquarians and those with the Black Moon in Leo and Aquarius will feel this most intensely. Themes involving caretaking, being appreciated, and recognized are present Saturday and morph into themes involving change, order, and status Sunday. If the energy gets to be too much, go outside and reconnect with nature. Ask for assistance.
Happy Full Moon, everyone!
(Note: The power of the number 3 is highly occultic. Three 3’s – as in 333, 3:33, etc. – are triple empowered. The wisdom associated with triple 3’s can be used for malefic or benefic purposes. When you see it, it is not necessarily positive. In fact, the Mahavidyas have instructed that it is a signal that Archons are seeking to interfere and are making their purposes known. All it means is that we make certain we follow our normal routine of protective measures. Praying to the directions (as described in Native American shamanism in particular) – the “Medicine Wheel of Protection” – is a pre-eminent practice. It invokes a sphere around us that is sovereign. It makes a complete circuit between the Earth, the heavens, and ourselves. I have learned this the hard way, so I can attest that it works and it works very, very well. If you see a 333, there is no need to fear. It is merely a signal.)
Sarah Grey, Truthout: “I stayed silent about my abortion for four years. After the Supreme Court’s new round of assaults on reproductive rights, I’m speaking out because if we continue to remain silent, it’s a right that can be taken away from us.”
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Unless you are a skilled hacker or programmer, it’s difficult to guarantee total protection from the prying eyes of the government and others online, but there are many tools out there that can help.
Laura Flanders, GRITtv: Did you know that New York City is home to some of the nation’s top food deserts? Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, hopes to make a dent in that problem with a community-supported agriculture project that puts low- and middle-income residents at the center of its plan.
Megan Iorio, Just Foreign Policy: Protesters were particularly concerned with Israel’s ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians following the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank and the biased media coverage of these events.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica: “As the nation prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, I felt pulled to finally visit this place that ran in my blood but that I had never seen. Last month, I visited Mississippi for the first time, where the limitations of Freedom Summer stand in stark relief in the nation’s most heavily black state, which is also its poorest.”
Robert Naiman, Truthout: The administration knows full well that it has various levers to pull to respond to the Gaza crisis, manufactured by Benjamin Netanyahu for political ends, but it lacks sufficient public political pressure to end the killing.
Robert Weiner and Bridget Mora, Michigan Chronicle: Majorities in states around the country are under attack by right-wing governors and legislatures. They should look at North Carolina’s “Moral Mondays” movement. “Moral Mondays,” spreading rapidly to other states, aim to help ordinary citizens take back their state governments from corporate-backed extremists.
Lawrence S. Wittner, Consortium News: Despite President Obama’s noble words about eliminating nuclear weapons, the US government continues to modernize its nuclear arsenal, including major new investments in a dozen state-of-the-art nuclear-armed submarines.
Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network: As record numbers of child migrants from Central America arrive at the US-Mexico border, journalist Todd Miller says the crisis should be treated as a refugee issue, not a security issue.
Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: An initial count in Indonesia’s hotly contested presidential election shows Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo has a several-point lead over former army general Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo has refused to concede defeat, and official results won’t be known until after July 20.
ZC Dutka, Venezuelanalysis.com: Cuban economist and ex-guerilla combatant Orland Borrego, who fought alongside Che Guevara during the Cuban revolution, will be advising Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on how to establish a “total restructuring” of the Venezuelan economy.
Once again the violence of the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza and the violence of Hamas and other extremist groups in Gaza have combined to create a spiraling violence that serves the extremists on both sides who can point to the intended violence on the other side to justify their own.
In my book “Embracing Israel/Palestine”, I show how both sides have co-created this mess, and why it is futile, stupid, intellectually lacking in credibility, and ethically perverse to try to pin the blame on one side or the other, because both sides have been incredibly tone deaf to the suffering of the other side and the most negative possible interpretation of the other side’s intentions increasingly prevails in the public perceptions on each side of the intentions of the other. Of course at the moment there is no equivalence in power or violence. Israel has already killed over 150 Palestinians, and wounder hundreds; Gazans have not inflicted any deaths and few injuries on Israelis (which I’m glad about–I don’t want Israeli blood to flow any more than I want Palesitnian blood to flow! My fervent prayer: STOP ALL THE VIOLENCE, END THE OCCUPATION AND CREATE A LASTING PEACE AND A RECONCILIATION OF THE HEART. This reconciliation does not deny the vast inequality of power between Israel and Palestinins, and the corresponding responsiblity of the more powerful force to take the first major steps toward a real peace, NOT a “peace process” which goes nowhere, but a true resolution of the conflict.
Please order “Embracing Israel/Palestine” and create a study group around it in your neighborhood, friendship circles, synagogue, church, mosque, ashram, political party, civic organization, labor union or professional organization. Order the book atwww.tikkun.org/eip or on Kindle at Amazon.com.
Nothing is going to change in the Middle East until we can change the way the struggles are understood both in the media and in the larger publics that have increasingly moved toward extremist perceptions of one side or the other. The extremists who killed three Israeli teens must be celebrating at the moment–because Netanyahu rewarded them by giving them precisely what they wanted, the kind of violent repression in the West Bank of Hamas sympathizers that would push Hamas into feeling the need to retaliate with a resurgence of missile strikes on Israel, thereby precipitating the predictable scenario: the ultra-nationalist Netanyahu has to show his toughness by escalating attacks on Gaza while Hamas in Gaza has to show its toughness by escalating attacks on Israel.
Of course, at any point either side could have broken this cycle. Israelis could have refused to allow Netanyahu to use the tragic murder of those teens as excuse to arrest dozens of West Bank Hamas supporters and refused to let the IDF break into hundreds of homes. Hamas could have refused to allow their even more extreme opponents in the Islamic fundamentalist world to use the situation to resume bombings of Israeli towns. (The bombs have no impact except to provide justification of Netanyahu’s militarist approach).
Netanyahu could have told Israelis the truth: that the bombs from Gaza are militarily so unlikely to cause significant loss of life that it could be seen as politically and militarily irrelevant, given Israel’s missile shield.
But instead, the ridiculous and yet dangerous and murderous leadership
on both sides choose their insane path: Hamas chooses to continue the shelling of Israel, refusing to acknowledge that none of its missiles are going to do any damage but only supply the Israeli militarists with the excuse they need to enter and decimate Gaza; Netanyahu, faced with even more extremist pressure from his political right, uses this opportunity to create a hysteria in Israel and the global Jewish community so that they will resist future pressures to push Israel to end the Occupation, and will insist that the Palestinian Authority stop its reconciliation with Hamas.
And the resulting anti-Arab riots scare Israeli Palestinians into feeling that they can’t trust their Jewish neighbors, and gives “proof” to Arabs and Muslims around the world that Israel is indeed a hate-dominated society. And all this will only increase the likelihood of the Occupation continuing, the oppression of Palestinians continuing, and the recruitment of more Palestinians to extremist groups and suicidal attacks on Israel and Jews around the world.
So yes, a first and critical step is to change the discourse, and only you and hundreds of thousands of others can do that by refusing the dominant discourse, challenging the media and the politicians who side blindly with Israel no matter how horrible its escalating violence becomes, and challenging the leftists who rightly criticize Israel’s occupation as the central cause of the present violence but wrongly refuse to challenge Hamas’ violence or to see how that violence is a gift to the Israeli settlers who insist that it is they who will provide the first line of protection against Palestinian extremists.
What can you do?
Challenge the public discourse everywhere you can.
Form a local chapter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (need help–emailCat). Go to media and picket their buildings until they give a fairer and more nuanced account of what has caused the current mess. Meet with your elected officials and insist that they publicly endorse the Tikkun plan for peace (outlined in “Embracing Israel/Palestine”). Form a study group to read” “”Embracing Israel/Palestine” and to read articles in Ha’aretz newspaper–so that you and fellow participants can feel adequately knowledgeable to challenge the distortions that exist on both sides. Challenge the dehumanizing of each side by the other, of Israel by the Left in Western countries and of Palestine and Palestinians by the Right.
Stop saying, “I don’t know enough about it to actively participate in discussions,” and instead LEARN ABOUT IT in all its complexities. Above all, refuse every act that seems to dehumanize the other side. YOU, YES YOU, can be the vehicle for spreading a new way of thinking. And to do that you need to prepare yourself for a tough and long-lasting process of consciousness changing. And that is precisely what the Network of Spiritual Progressives is all about–It’s about changing consciousness locally, nationally and globally to achieve a New Bottom Line of love, kindness, generosity, environmental sanity, social and economic justice, and awe/wonder/radical amazement the grandeur and mystery of the universe. Help make this happen: join the Network of Spiritual
Progressives and help build a new consciousness in your area.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, July 15, in a one-day Fast for Peace, called by some a Hunger Strike Against Violence. TIKKUN’s ally Rabbi Arthur Waskow and the Shalom Center point out: * This day is in both Muslim and Jewish traditions a time of Fasting from sunrise to sunset, arousing inner spiritual reflection and shared effort to turn from violence to compassion, from idolatry to celebration of the One. This year it is specially intended as a response to the worsening spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. *” “*”Tuesday, July 15″*”, in the Jewish calendar is the 17th of Tammuz. It commemorates the day in 586 BCE when the Babylonian Army broke through the walls of Jerusalem. Three weeks later, on Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) the invaders destroyed the First Temple. The Fast therefore recalls the suffering of people subjected to war and conquest by more powerful armies, and renews our sacred calling for compassion rather than hatred.”
” “This year, the Jewish lunar month of Tammuz coincides with the Muslim lunar month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast on every day from sunrise to sunset. During that month Mohammed the Prophet, peace be upon him, first received the early revelations that came to make up the Quran.
This day of fasting is NOT JUST FOR JEWS AND MUSLIMS–IT’S FOR EVERYONE (SECULAR HUMANISTS, CHRISTIANS, BUDDHISTS, HINDUS, JAIN, WICCA, AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO SAY “NO” TO NETANYAHU AND THE ISRAELI FORCES OF VIOLENCE AND “NO” TO HAMAS AND THE PALESTINIAN FORCES OF VIOLENCE. INSTEAD, WE MUST SAY “YES” TO PEACE, RECONCILIATION OF THE HEART, NON-VIOLENCE AND DEDICATION TO THE STRUGGLE FOR THE PEACE, ENVIRONMENTL SANTIY FOR ALL PEOPLE ON THE PLANET.
But of course, fasting is not enough. Neither are demonstrations against the violence on both sides. These are valuable things to do. But a more serious effort will begin when you and others you know are ready to articulate what a world of love and kindness could look like, in the Middle East but also here in the U.S., how it could work, and what you and your neighbors are going to do to make it all happen! And the NSP will help you do that.
IT’S QUITE a mixed bag of energies this week. We are, of course, still working with the Saturn-Uranus themes that I wrote about in last week’s journal. That “should I stay or should I go” influence will be with us very strongly this week, and into next week as well.
The “mixed bag” effect is apparent as I read through the planetary aspects for the next seven days. On one hand, we have some sticky sesquisquares to start the week. These are minor aspects, but still hold the energy of over-reactivity, which means we’ll have to put extra effort into staying centered and in balance. Remember that things may be better than they look at first light, and that resorting to force or manipulation is not likely to bring the results we want.
Thankfully, Ceres is conjunct the North Node on Monday, which should help us remember the value of accepting others for who they are, rather than how we want them to be. Learning this lesson early in the week will come in handy when the Sun squares the Nodes and Ceres on Wednesday, exposing any places where we’ve acted out of defensiveness rather than strength.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, Jupiter enters Leo for the first time since 2003. As the largest planet in the known solar system, one of Jupiter’s effects is to magnify energy. With Jupiter in Cancer for the past 12 months, our emotional sensitivities have been heightened, as well as our need for comfort and security.
That emphasis shifts as Jupiter enters fiery Leo, the sign known for creative self-expression, enthusiasm and generosity, playful spontaneity, and a strong drive for involvement and belonging. This shift may help some of us get more fully on board with some of the projects that have felt daunting until now.
Leo is not afraid to take risks, and is usually pretty willing to take charge of a situation, especially if a process is stalled. The caution with Leo is that an overabundance of this energy can lead to excessive dramatics — and a group of individuals who all want to lead, or cast members on a stage who all want to be the star.
FRIDAY is another mix of energies. Neptune’s trine to Mercury can help us go with the flow of the day, and tap into our intuitive knowing of best actions to take. However, the Sun squares Mars and Vesta at the same time, indicating some obstacles to getting our immediate needs met.
This delayed gratification effect is in keeping with the strong Saturn energies next weekend. Saturn often brings lessons of proper timing, and can correspond with what feels like postponements or blocked energies. It is often only after the fact that we find out that the obstacles we were complaining about actually kept us from crossing a bridge that was not yet stabilized on the other shore.
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and guidance received. Her hope is to offer perspectives and insights that will assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience.
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