Dog poop is my medicine.

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A few things I understand now that I did not understand ten days ago. 1. Why my calling and vocation has been to political science of all ridiculous things. I get that now. I happen to know a thing or two about authoritarianism that other people need to know, and hopefully I’m in a position to be of some service there. Ok, cool. 2. How ridiculously important it is to get outside and away from our blue screens for a moment or two. This is something we like to Say Words About and not really do, but let me tell…

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2017 Energy Forecast

2017 Energy Forecast

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“One of the most powerful shocks of the Middle Passage is the collapse of our tacit contract with the universe–the assumption that if we act correctly, if we are of good heart and good intentions, things will work out. We assume a reciprocity with the universe. If we do our part, the universe will comply. Many ancient stories painfully reveal the fact that there is no such contract, and everyone who goes through the Middle Passage is made aware of it.” —James Hollis This might not thrill everyone to hear, but here’s what I’m channeling re: 2017. That feeling that…

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The Trump Within

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Sometime in the middle of the darkest days of George W’s dark, dismal time in office, word started to circulate around Buddhist and assorted woo-woo circles that Ram Dass, western seeker-turned-hippie-guru-extraordinaire, kept a photo of the much-loathed president on his altar. Sandwiched between Maharajji and Krishnamurti and Jesus and all the other saints, he said he greeted them all equally every morning as part of his daily practice of compassion and loving-kindness. He explained: “My guru said ‘love everybody.’ Well, he’s ‘everybody.’ The thing I have trouble with is George Bush’s incarnation, not his soul. That poor soul took a…

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the trigger

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One of the most—if not THE most—common questions I get in an astrological capacity is something along the lines of “what is going on in the stars that is making everything so crazy/intense/dramatic right now?” And that is surely true—at the micro and macro level, shit is getting genuinely nutty. And there are two answers. One involves digging into all of the various astrological aspects that serve as symbolic signposts for us, and there are plenty such signposts worth highlighting (most notably at the moment, Saturn’s return to direct movement in Sag, which is a BFD, and a series of…

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