Threefold Goddess in a Field of Grain

In honor of the spectacular Virgo New Moon alignment this Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, we’re sending out this classic gem from our archives: a seminal Planet Waves exploration of the sign Virgo in its esoteric and mundane forms, complete with a cameo by our favorite Virgo: Dr. Betty Dodson.

Dear Friend and Reader:

El Sol will arrive in Virgo on Aug. 23. Virgo is the mutable earth sign (the only one). Mutability is a form of changeability; earth is a form of stability. We have some tension manifesting through that contrast.

Grain field in West Branch, Iowa. Photo by Theresa Luttenegger.

Of course, the Earth is in a constant state of flux and change, especially in our era of Earth changes. We live with that tension, as we expect the climate and geography to be reasonably stable, though so often in our moment of history it’s anything but.

Virgo is the third sign of the summer up here in our part of the world; as a mutable sign, it’s the disseminating phase of the season. (Note that all the seasons end with a mutable sign — Gemini ends Northern Hemisphere spring, Virgo ends summer, Sagittarius ends autumn and Pisces ends winter.)

That is part of what makes the sign mutable: it arrives in a moment of transition. Mutable signs can also express themselves as a cardinal sign or as a fixed sign — another example of their changeability.

Associated with Mercury, in the traditional ruling planet we get another image of changeability. Mercury changes directions six times a year, more than any other planet (three stations retrograde, and three stations direct). Its speed is varying constantly, and it accelerates and decelerates (in and out of its stations retrograde and direct) more quickly than any other planet.

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Love From Yasgur’s Farm, 1969

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Max Yasgur's former dairy cow grazing pasture in White Lake, Town of Bethel, NY, as it appeared in August 2018 and still is today. my guitar is on the ground where so many great musicians hung out in the hospitality tent, close to the permanent historic site marker. When you see those photos of people as far as the horizon, this is the land that you’re looking at.
Max Yasgur’s former dairy cow grazing pasture in White Lake, Town of Bethel, NY, as it appeared in August 2018 and still is today. my guitar is on the ground where so many great musicians hung out in the hospitality tent, close to the permanent historic site marker. When you see those photos of people as far as the horizon, this is the land that you’re looking at.

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Tonight’s program visits the Woodstock Festival many times. We hear from Swami Satchidananda, Ravi Shankar, Max Yasgur, and many others who were there. I describe how Virgo astrology, especially Pluto in Virgo, was the dominant force of the 1960s and how this relates to the festival — which was, of course, a kind of once-in-forever World Heritage event.

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Planet Waves FM: Aquarius Full Moon, Jupiter Direct and the Woodstock Festival

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Scene from the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, White Lake, Bethel, NY.
Scene from the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, White Lake, Bethel, NY.

Dear Friend and Reader:

Tonight’s Planet Waves FM looks at the current astrology: Jupiter stationing direct, with Jupiter square Neptune, and Thursday’s Aquarius Full Moon.

I briefly discuss the deeper implications of the Jeffrey Epstein situation. Then I move on to a reading of the Woodstock Festival chart (included below), and Tantra Studio, wherein I discuss the “anti-environment” created by conscious sexuality.

Tonight’s music is mostly by Vision Quest (I open with a Mickey Hart piece from Planet Drum).

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