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Common Dreams Highlights Monday July 28, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


Government Surveillance Threatens Journalism, Law and Thus Democracy: Report


Dirty Coal Exports Are a ‘Global Shell Game’

In ‘Ugly’ Resolution, US Politicians Back Israel’s Assault on Gaza

Lack of Oversight, Damaged Tankers Caused West Virginia Chemical Spill

‘Climate Criminality’: Australia OKs Biggest Coal Mine

Liberia Shuts Down Border Crossings as Ebola Death Toll Climbs

Ukrainian Military Takes Control of MH17 Crash Site as Police Team Retreats

and more…



Brent Patterson: The Right to Water in Gaza

Sr. Megan Rice: Open Letter from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center

Naomi Oreskes: Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Paul Buchheit: How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans

Buddy Bell: Sacred Hearts, Sacred Lives: Children Crossing the Border

Peter Hart: CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids



Center for Biological Diversity:Settlement Will Help Safeguard Nation’s Endangered Wildlife From 5 Dangerous Pesticides

Oxfam International: General Mills Takes Bold Stand for Climate Action

ACLU: Over Two Dozen Civil Rights and Legal Groups Demand Florida Counties Halt Enforcement of Unconstitutional Immigration Detainers

and more…

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Uri Avnery Interview, news from Israel, Palestine and global demonstrations from Tikkun

This is a very heartening read despite the many sad and disturbing references. We have always known that evil and cruelty exist, but when the people rise together across all of Earth to resist it, to call for its end-something beautiful is born from the horror.

We shall overcome. We shall cry, mourn the dead, the wounded and the pointless destruction. But then we will rebuild-not just Gaza, but the spirit of humanity.

We will rebuild our collective humanity as a species made not of war and hate, but of love and compassion, a beautiful thread woven in the tapestry of Life not a tear rent in the fabric of the Universe.

* *Listen to Uri Avnery’s interview from Tel Aviv*, and then read some other articles below from Israel and Palestine. As always, the views we send out reflect our desire to expose our readers to a range of discourse usually unavailable in the Western media–but NOT necessarily our views, which are expressed only in articles signed by Rabbi Michael Lerner or listed as Editorials in Tikkun magazine. We trust our readers to not confuse our desire to expand your range of analyses with a desire to advance any particular analysis unless it is filled with love, hope, compassion, open-hearted generosity and empathy!! Interview with Uri Avnery conducted by Rabbi Michael Lerner and Cat Zavis. Tel Aviv, Friday, July 25 Click here [ http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/israelgaza-teleconference-audio ]to listen or go to : http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/ [ http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/israelgaza-teleconference-audio ]israelgaza-teleconference-audio [ http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/israelgaza-teleconference-audio ] The first 15 minutes is background by Rabbi Michael Lerner while waiting for technological issues to be resolved till we could reach Uri Avnery on the phone. Lerner has some important insights on how to contextualize the current war in Gaza. Then most of the rest of the call is Uri Avnery, for the next hour or so. Then we have fifteen minutes of questions and conversations from call participants with Cat Zavis about the pain and strain that many who care about both the Israeli and Palestinian people are feeling as we watch the carnage contiue. If you wish Tikkun to conduct more interviews of this sort, but you are not yet a member of the Network of Spiritual Progressives or a subscriber to Tikkun, help us keep going by joining the NSP now by clicking here: www.tikkun.org/donate [ http://www.tikkun.org/donate ]
*Demonstators Assaulted in Tel Aviv After Protesting the Gazan War* Editor’s note: this is a communication we got from Tel Aviv last Friday evening. . It happened after the demonstration -the biggest in Tel Aviv against the war yet, estimates of over 6,000 demonstrators- had mostly dispersed. The now-familiar group of right-wing demonstrators had worked themselves up into a frenzy throughout the speeches by left-wing Knesset Members and bereaved parents and chants to end the war, end the siege, end the occupation, end the violence. They were screaming: “Traitors!” “Death to Arabs and Leftists!” “You all get fucked in the ass!” The usual. The two demonstrations had been tightly cordoned off by the police, though. And then, after. A large number of us were walking away, in a cluster, for safety’s sake, and then suddenly, there’s yelling, screaming, pushing. I don’t know how it started, but I do know that I looked over to see the rightists begin hitting people on the heads with their flag poles, blue and white flags crashing down. I rush over to try to calm things, speaking in an easy tone, making eye contact, and it seems to work with a few of the guys, who hesitate as they look at me. And then: Ffffsssst. And my eyes are burning. I blink rapidly. Could this be tear gas? No. My throat feels clear. But my eyes are stinging and fuzzy. I ask a bearded man next to me, also blinking and tearing up, what happened, and he says: “Pepper spray.” I don’t know if it was the right-wingers or undercover police. Next thing I do know is that I look up to see another demonstrator hit over the head with a aluminum crutch– and then blood starts pouring out, and everything seems more serious and scary. photo 5 [ https://morielrothman.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/photo-53.jpg ] Some activists -a few who I recognized as anarchists experienced at dealing with violence- ask everyone to stay together, and we walk away quickly, as a group. After a block or two, Kobi [ http://www.justvision.org/portrait/kobi-snitz ] asks me to take a few others off to the left, so five of us branch off, and the rest of the group begins to disperse in different directions. We walk, alternating between shocked laughter and silence, my eyes still fuzzy but the pain dulling. A group of about six guys- a few wearing kippahs, all seeming to be Mizrahi/Jews of Middle Eastern descent (a devastating element of these clashes is the race breakdown, with many of the leftists being Ashkenazi/white, and many of the rightists being Mizrahi. My friend, Daria [ https://twitter.com/nehedari ], who is leftist and Mizrahi said that at another demo, she wore a shirt with some phrase about being Moroccan, and folks on both sides of the barrier seemed terribly confused) saw us, recognized something or someone, and started yelling “You all get fucked in the ass!” “Fuck you all!” “We should kill you, traitors.” We kept our eyes down, did not respond, and they walked onwards. Then we got a drink -because we needed to process and because most of Tel Aviv seemed to be bopping along as usual, drinking, chatting, flags flupping, et cetera- and then went home. And the demonstration? The demonstration was good, considering. It was big, it was somber, it took itself seriously. The crowd was by far the biggest since the beginning of this recent violence, and it looked like people were trickling in all night. Here were a few of my tweet-observations: And that is all for tonight. Facebook and twitter report of more demonstrators injured, which is horrible but also really not the story, just the subplot. Gaza. All of the people there. I can’t imagine. I am wired and alert with sadness; it is 1:00 in the morning. Please, enough.



by Mazin Qumsiyeh

The holiday at the end of Ramada brings mixed feelings and we could sense
this here in Bethlehem on the faces of our Muslim neighbors, friends and
colleagues. They tell us of their sadness at the massacres of whole
families but they also tell proudly of resistance, persistence, resilience,
self help and help to other. It is still a month of blessings. I was at the
bank of Palestine on Saturday and saw lines of people sending money to
colleagues and friends in Gaza. We had cloth and food drives. Convoys
bringing medical aid are finally being allowed to enter even as 150 bodies
were pulled from under the rubble in one neighborhood alone. Israeli
soldiers speak to Haaretz of large scale destruction of civilian
neighborhoods in Gaza and surprise and fear at the resistance fighters.
Most people understand that Gaza is a big crowded prison that is being
subjected to a most ruthless occupation that destroyed its economy and
means of livelihood. Yet, some Zionists want to convince people that
somehow resistance should not come from within this population! But there
are no winners in the latest conflict started by Israel even though both
resistance forces and Israel claim victory. Israel can claim victory by
destroying so many neighborhoods, killing nearly a thousand civilians (very
few resistance fighters). This they hope will teach a lesson not to resist.
That is a foolish dream for all this does is stoke hatred and call for
revenge from the killers and not decrease support among the population for
resistance. Israeli intelligence agents know this (see for example below
interview with ex-head of the Shin Bet). Israeli leaders know that with
every strike on “Arabs” as they like to call us, resistance actually grows
in strength and supporters. Hamas and other resistance forces gain in
stature and Netanyahu appeared tough and gained some voters from teh racist
right quarters in Israeli politics. Yet, Palestinians lives are lost that
are irreplaceable and faith in human dignity tarnished as western leaders
were forced to defend a an ongoing genocide so that they can please their
Zionist lobbyists.The price paid by all humanity is far too high.

Let me start by actual pictures and names of those Israel murdered. They
are not just numbers (1070 murdered so far including over 200 children).
PLEASE take time to get to know some of themhttp://humanizepalestine.com/ [ http://humanizepalestine.com/ ]
(there were also at least 45 Israeli soldiers killed by resistance fighters
and in some cases directly by Israeli forces; see below)

Now what is the real reason for the Gaza attack? Benjamin Netanyahu blamed
Hamas for taking three young Israeli settlers (colonial squatters in
occupied areas). It turns out even Israeli police knew that Hamas leaders
were not involved (even though teh suspects were never apprehended let
alone charged). Hamas itself said it was not involved. see
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/killed-turning-onslaught.html [ http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/killed-turning-onslaught.html ]

But maybe this is the real reason
Armed robbery in Gaza: Israel, US, UK carve up the spoils of Palestine’s
stolen gas
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2489992/armed_robbery_in_gaza_israel_us_uk_carve_up_the_spoils_of_palestines_stolen_gas.html [http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2489992/armed_robbery_in_gaza_israel_us_uk_carve_up_the_spoils_of_palestines_stolen_gas.html ]

Governments lie, people die. Netanyahu is a consummate liar interested in
one thing only: his political and economic career. Most Israelis know that
he told them lies about this latest attack on Gaza, most know he lied to
them about settlements and why he opposed Oslo accords. Most know their
government lied to them about the success of the so called Iron Dome” (a
scam to make millions with success rate below 30%). After all they could
see for themselves falling home made rockets on their cities regularly.
They also know much more. They know that Israeli forces sometimes do the
unthinkable: e.g. Israel Murders IDF Soldier to Prevent His Capture
http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/07/26/israel-murders-idf-soldier-to-prevent-his-kidnapping/ [ http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/07/26/israel-murders-idf-soldier-to-prevent-his-kidnapping/ ]

Yuval Diskin was the director of Israel’s internal security service Shin
Bet between 2005 and 2011 and he recently 24 July 2014 had an Interview
with Der Spiegel/Reuters. He was asked ” Is Israel not essentially driving
Palestinians into the arms of Hamas? He answered “It looks that way, yes.
The people in the Gaza Strip have nothing to lose right now, just like
Hamas. And this is the problem. As long as Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim
Brotherhood was in power in Egypt, things were going great for Hamas. But
then the Egyptian army took over and within just a few days, the new regime
destroyed the tunnel economy between Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula, which
was crucial for Hamas. Since then, Hamas has been under immense pressure;
it can’t even pay the salaries of its public officials.”

Divkin also Stated that “The army is now trying to destroy the tunnels
between Israel and the Gaza Strip with a kind of mini-invasion, also so
that the government can show that it is doing something. …It is in equal
parts action for the sake of action and aggressive posturing.” But then he
even reveals something that all Israeli leaders know but choose to ignore:
“They [Palestinians] will never accept the status quo of the Israeli
occupation. When people lose hope for an improvement of their situation,
they radicalize. That is the nature of human beings. The Gaza Strip is the
best example of that. All the conditions are there for an explosion. So
many times in my life I was at these junctions that I can feel it almost in
my fingertips.”

He goes on to predict accurately increased shifts to extremism in Israeli
society and admitted that Israel deals with Palestinian terror different
than it does with Jewish terror. Full interview here:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-former-israeli-security-chief-yuval-diskin-a-982094.html [ http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-former-israeli-security-chief-yuval-diskin-a-982094.html ]
His observations while from a Zionist colonial perspective fits in
predicting a pressure cooker about to explode with other observers for
example see this from someone who lived in Jenin for a while: The Paper
Thin Underpinnings to Peace: Occupation and Intifada in 2014

Those of us who cut through the lies act. There were demonstration in over
100 cities including Tokyo, Paris, London, Chicago, New York, Washington,
Cairo, Tunis, Rabat etc). Some had tens of thousands and some over 100,000
participants. Here are just some inspiring photos:
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html [ http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html ]
There was even a demonstration of a few thousand in Tel Aviv objecting to
the slaughter in Gaza. Some Israeli soldiers and reserves refused orders to
mobilize to Gaza. All these demonstrations had mixed groups of people (all
ethnicities and all religions). The few demonstrations for Israel and in
support of killing Palestinians were tiny and included only Jewish Zionists
(the largest was as expected in New York with a few hundred particularly
angry and racist ones). We must concentrate on doing more positive actions
and publicizing them. “Lighting a candle instead of cursing the darkness”
as the old Chinese saying goes. I leave you with poignant note that a
Church in Gaza is now home to dozens of displaced Muslim families. The
pastor said that Islamic prayers in his church are welcome as Israel
destroys mosques. That is the Palestine I love. That is the Palestine that
will win. Decent Jewish citizens in the US were arrested as they
demonstrated inside the NY offices of “Friends of the IDF” (a group
supporting child killers tax deductible). That is the humanity that I love.

Let me end again with the pictures of Gaza Palestinians. Meet them and
remember them http://humanizepalestine.com/ [ http://humanizepalestine.com/ ] for they are not just numbers
(1060 so far including 200 children)

Action is the best antidote to despair



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Clif High ~ The War on the Living Consciousness of Water Here on Terra

Thank you for sharing this Laura! I’m so grateful to see others are aware of this reality. I’ve been trying to explain it for so long I had all but given up on people “getting it”. The “bad guys” we see are all puppets and tools-even the not seen but conjectured lizard/annunaki etc.
But the wonderful thing about this terrible truth is that each one of us has far, far greater power to turn the tide against the destruction of life in every moment we are conscious and alive. Our loving intention, our kindness, compassion, prayers, loving thoughts and actions, rituals, reiki-everything good, loving and supportive of life, of water, the Earth and all living beings is a blow FOR life and against destruction, hate, cruelty and oppression.
It may sound too simple but that is because colonization is a mind virus that oversimplified the truly complex and complicates the elegant simplicity of nature and reality. It makes all of life a “through the looking glass” experience.
I highly recommend all of Laura’s suggestions and links as well as Masaru Emoto’s ideas on healing the waters, the Earth and ourselves. The elementals are all around us at all times. Giving them kindness, respect and love moment to moment is easy to do and helps weave us personally back into the true fabric of reality.

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 27 July 2014


Truthout is always fund-raising because they do not take advertising and are not funded by any corporate backers- this is how they are able to do old fashioned investigative reporting and unbiased journalism.

I do not usually copy the fund-raising appeals from the newsletter because I don’t want to confuse people who might think I am asking for donations. I assume readers who click through to read the articles will see the appeals on Truthout’s page.

As the number of things deeply in need of current unbiased and careful reporting seems to multiply daily, I felt I should at least mention that they appear to have constant difficulty in getting sufficient donations to fund their operations.

We need Truthout and other independent news sources like them. Without their professional dedication we are stuck between corporations and governments self serving lies and propaganda, and the internet conspiracy theory mill-which ranges from careful amateurs who do similar things to Truthout to complete wackjobs with racist, sexist, extreme religious and other random axes to grind-as well as the well meaning but clueless who simply parrot and repeat the corporations lies that initially come from corporate spokesman like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, FOX news etc. (I know there are left wing corporate apologists as well but I have not seen much blogging by liberals who simply parrot corporate sources, perhaps because intellectualism is more valued by the left so parrots don’t pop up as much).

Today’s Truthout has a lot of important stories. I hope everyone will read and share-or at least pass it on even if too busy to read right now.

Borderland Deaths of Migrants Quietly Reach Crisis Numbers

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: While most attention has been directed recently at the human drama unfolding around a surge of children fleeing from Central American countries, the immigrant death toll on the US-Mexico border has quietly exploded, even as undocumented migration overall has plummeted.

Read the Article

To Address Honduran Refugee Crisis at the Border, US Should Stop Financing Repression in Honduras

Laura Raymond, Truthout: If the United States wishes to ameliorate the Honduran refugee crisis, it could begin by withdrawing its financial and diplomatic support from Honduras’s repressive government.

Read the Article

“Therapy Seems To Be What’s Needed”

Translated for Truthout by Robert James Parsons, Le Courrier: The colonization of the Occupied Territory continues apace in spite of opposition from the Israeli intelligentsia. Israeli historian Idith Zerta denounces a policy that has become a dead-end.

Read the Article

Brown’s Anticonservationist Plan to Re-engineer the SF Bay Delta

Paul Rockwell, Truthout: The SF Bay Delta watershed, the most micro-managed, over-developed estuary in the United States, is now being subjected to Governor Brown’s so-called Bay Delta Conservation Plan, crafted by power elites to continue unsustainable growth and water practices. When is enough enough?

Read the Article

The Corporate Takeover of “All Natural” Food

Clarissa A. León, AlterNet: The label “all-natural” is surely lucrative. But some of our favorite all-natural and organic food brands are owned by the biggest corporations, like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and General Mills.

Read the Article

What I Learned Growing Up in the South as a Feminist, and the Problems With Today’s Feminist Movement

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Many young women recently expressing antagonism toward feminism on social media may change their attitude as they experience the realities of the workplace and the economic conditions they will likely find themselves in later in life.

Read the Article

Giving Women a Fair Fight in the US Military

Cara Hoffman, Women Under Siege: It’s unfathomable to think that in 2014 half the global population will be prevented from a full range of occupations because of their gender. Yet when it comes to women in the military, people don’t think twice about exclusion.

Read the Article

Truthout Interviews Marjorie Cohn on Israel and Gaza

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Marjorie Cohn discusses the illegal conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza City and non-violent means to break the cycle of violence.

Watch the Video

Reform Conservatives’ New Ideas Are the Same Old Ideas

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The “reform conservatives” seem mainly to be offering supposedly new ideas for the sake of being seen to offer new ideas.

Read the Article

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network: College and university administrators, unlike their faculty who are being reduced to adjuncts and students who are being crushed by debt, are thriving.

Read the Article

This week in Speakout:

Kathy Kelly decries the use of anti-stalking laws to convict a peace activist for photographing an anti-drone protest; Pat Elder reports that New Hampshire has passed legislation limiting release of student information to military recruiters; the Government Accountability Project announces their receipt of millions of signatures demanding a strengthened Whistleblower Program on the anniversary of Dodd-Frank; Tracy L. Barnettinterviews John “Ahni” Schertow about indigenous struggles; Kristian Davis Baileydescribes how the Palestinian struggle is representative of all of those who are colonized;David Krieger offers a poem about the bombardment of Gaza; David Swanson encourages the public to watch the movie DRONES; leading doctors and scientists in the Lancet sign an open letter condemning the Israeli military assault on Gaza; the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation announces the US move to dismiss an anti-nuke lawsuit by the Marshall Islands; the Cornucopia Institute calls on the USDA to make public names of nominees to fill the leading position at the National Organic Standards Board; John LaForge criticizes Attorney General Eric Holder for implying US prisoners of war are not fully human; John Pedler argues that Russia isn’t the only country deserving blame for the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet; Carolina Drake points out transgender people need broader inclusion in feminist discourse; Zulfiqar Shah describes how the Pakistani military and US side-step the true purveyors of danger in that country for their own agendas; Thea Paneth says the Earth faces two existential threats, which are nuclear power and climate change; Jim and Jean Anton criticize Georgia’s “guns everywhere” laws; and more.

Read the Articles


The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Repeal Prohibition, Again

Read the Article at The New York Times

Jews and Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies: Social Media Campaign Goes Viral

Read the Article at RT

Some 150 Bodies Recovered in Gaza as Death Toll Exceeds 1,000

Read the Article at Haaretz

New GOP Leader Won’t Take Impeachment Off the Table

Read the Article at the Huffington Post

Rick Perry Border-Troops Order Is Only About Politics

Read the Article at the Des Moines Register

The New Gay Agenda, According to Michele Bachmann: Legalize Pedophilia

Read the Article at Slate

Beneath the Conflict in Gaza Lies the Death of the Two-State Solution

Read the Article at the Washington Post

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal July 28 to Aug ust 3, 2014 August 4 to 10, 2014 Pam Younghans

Today‘s photo: Noctilucent clouds over Trondheim, Norway on July 24, 2014 (credit: Bjørn Ole Solberg, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

PLEASE NOTE that today‘s journal covers 14 days instead of the usual seven. The next issue will arrive in your inbox on Sunday, August 10.

July 28 to August 3

A GRAND WATER TRINE comes into form toward the end of this last week of July. This configuration occurs when three planets are at the same degree of the three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. It indicates that the three planets are working in harmony with each other, supporting our spiritual growth and emotional fulfillment.

Astrologer Bil Tierney, in his book Dynamics of Aspect Analysis, writes that a Grand Water Trine helps us:

“…respond to subtle undercurrents in life. Our powers of detection are above average, suggesting some degree of psychic sensitivity. This impressionability can be transformed into a creative, productive asset once we are able to harness the delicate emotionality.

“The flowing expression of feelings enables us to withdraw easily into our inner private world where we can experience contentment on deeply subjective levels. We may feel personal gratification when exploring the vivid world of our imagination or reflecting upon the past. We at least feel inwardly nourished and secure during cherished periods of seclusion, privacy, stillness, and rest.”

This Grand Water Trine has the potential to create a sort of temporary, watery buffer zone around us. It can provide the space where we can more easily take care of our emotional needs (Venus in Cancer), explore our deeper needs and desires with courage and honesty (Saturn in Scorpio), and let go of the burdens and dramas of life as we reconnect with our spiritual core and trust life’s unfolding tapestry (Chiron in Pisces).

A much-needed respite, considering all that we’ve been experiencing lately.

THE TRICKY THING with trines is that they can lull us to lie down in the poppy field, so that we drift off into the world of imagination and dreams and no longer feel concern for where we are going. If we approach a trine that way, when we awaken later, our life’s journey continues much the same as before.

But, we can also stay conscious as we stroll through these energies. If we apply discipline and intention, we can use the healing energy and soothing qualities of this trine to manifest that next positive step forward in our creative projects and spiritual growth.

In other words, yes, take the time to dream and imagine — but also take your journal with you, so that you can write down the creative ideas and inspirations that come forward.

BECAUSE OF THIS poppy-field effect, it may actually be a good thing that the end of this week also brings some challenging planetary aspects. We have a Uranus-Venus square on Thursday, and Mars squaring the Jupiter-Mercury alignment on Friday and Saturday. Squares, as you may know, represent obstacles that need to be overcome if we want to keep moving forward.

The Uranus-Venus square is our reminder that as much as we want the comfort of close relationships, we also need to maintain our independence and individuality. We are not meant to overcome our desire for relationship, nor is it necessary to extinguish our desire for freedom. Rather, the challenge is to rise above the strict adherence to old forms of relationship that have kept us from realizing our potentials to have both.

THE SQUARE between Mars and Jupiter/Mercury may be a touchy one, even moreso because Jupiter amplifies whatever it touches. Mars is in Scorpio now, and so may be a bit more reactive than we expect. Jupiter and Mercury will be aligned in Leo, adding exuberance and drama to the mix.

In the positive, we can channel the extra energy provided by this square to initiate a creative project. At the same time, we will also need to be aware of the obstacle, which may be our need for those around us to appreciate our contributions. A grumpy response or even just a lukewarm reception can ignite some flames of contention and set off a war of words.

August 4 to 10

THE ENERGY of the Grand Water Trine continues into the beginning of the first full week of August. Chiron is exactly trine Saturn on Tuesday, opening another door to healing energies.

Fears that have lingered just below the surfacemay come forward to be healed with this trine. While in Pisces, Chiron’s healing modality is to encourage us to trust, even when we feel that circumstances are outside of our control. And yet, Saturn will make sure that we truly GET IT this time, that it is not a surface healing, but a down-to-the-bone regeneration.

AS WE NEAR the end of the week, energy starts to move. Thursday’s Neptune-Mars trine aligns our desires with our spiritual/creative sensitivities, making that day an opportune time to move forward with inspired action.

On Friday, the Sun and Mercury align in Leo to shine light on our heart’s desire. These two can also provide the energy to communicate that desire in creative ways. Uranus is trine the Sun and Mercury as they align, adding inspiration and courage to the mix. This is the time for breakthroughs.

HOWEVER, two other planets are in the picture as well, and they’re somewhat less eager to support the proceedings. Mercury will square Saturn and quincunx Chiron on Friday, and the Sun follows suit with the same aspects on Saturday.

With the squares to Saturn, we’re likely to still be hearing the voice of caution, telling us not to be foolhardy. Saturn’s heart is in the right place — it just wants to make sure we’re not so caught up in the moment that we forget to take our longer-term goals and motivations into account.

And the Chiron quincunx aspects? Those are likely to manifest as an internal struggle between our concepts of “ego” and “spirituality.” If we want to make progress, we’ll need to adjust our attitudes, so that it is not an either-or question.

THE FULL MOON on Sunday, August 10, integrates all of the aspects we’ve just been discussing — Sun conjunct Mercury, Uranus trine Sun/Mercury, Saturn square Sun/Mercury, and Chiron quincunx Sun/Mercury. And, of course, the Moon is part of the dance as well, opposing Sun/Mercury, sextile Uranus, square Saturn, and semi-sextile Chiron. Oh, and don’t forget Neptune trine Mars…

So, if that list was a mind-musher for you (it almost was for me!), just go back and read the last few paragraphs about the latter part of this week, and you’ll get a good idea of the energies of this Full Moon.

THIS LUNATION does emphasize the push-pull of Saturn and Uranus again — that energy we’ve been working with (and loving, of course) for the past few weeks. The “should I stay or should I go” question should start to sort itself out over the next few weeks, but for the moment, it looks like we’re still dancing the jig in slow motion.

Astrologer Martin Goldsmith’s symbol for this Aquarius Full Moon is interesting, given the wildfire situation right now:

“A rapt audience watches as a great actor, underlit by stage lights, rehearses the final scene of Macbeth. Though there is no set, the audience can clearly visualize the burning castles in the background.”

THE DESCRIPTIVE PHRASES for this symbol include:

“Confident self-projection; belief in self that engenders the belief of others; exceptional power of visualization and imagination; confidence in one’s ability to handle any situation, no matter how dangerous; changing reality according to what one visualizes as true; creating visionary art vs. conjuring up empty illusions.”

Feels like a good description of the combination of planetary influences involved in this lunation. Remember, too, that this Full Moon was conceived at the Jupiterian New Moon on July 26, and so it makes sense that we might be feeling the urge to do something dramatic as we start to work with the energy of this powerful Full Moon.

The challenge will be to also make it reasonable and REAL, given Saturn’s involvement, and not just a flight of fancy.



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