Cosmic Forecast, Aug. 23-Aug. 29

The sweet, gentle touch of the ever-renewing virgin turns the rrrrrooooaaaaring king of the beasts into the fawning pussycat at her lap. The daughter of nature promises the pleasures of hearth and home in place of long winter nights all alone. Ahhh, but what be the price to pay for a winter’s stay, you might say. The price, I’m told, is worth your wait in alchemist’s gold. Be patient. You must attain the golden heart before your eyes can truly start to see that love most truly be the key. Stay tuned for more alchemy. Yours truly, Michael P.

f VIRGO (8.23-9.22)  You’ve got ’til the end of the month to clean up everything you…

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High Holy Daze: Drugs and Religion

The wedding at Cana was more than just another party. It was the day Jesus took center stage. Faced with empty mugs, guests brought Jesus six jugs filled with water. Jesus worked his first recorded miracle and revelers partied on with six jugs of excellent wine.

While alcohol is often associated with spirituality and religion, it’s not the only drug mentioned in the bible. Jesus and others were always anointing with oils, healing with oils, saturating with oils, baptizing with oils. Some scholars believe the unguent essences were rich with exotic alkaloids from indigenous herbaria and the oils carried intoxicating drugs into the body through the skin.

Carl P. Ruck, professor of classical studies at Boston University,…

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Cosmic Forecast, Aug. 16-Aug. 22

The New Cazimi Moon in Leo is on Friday, around 11:00 in the morning. Say goodbye to the lion. He’ll be on his way in one more week, when next we speak. Make the magique happen on Friday morn; or just dream about what’s around the next bend, from now ’til Zen. The closest word for Zen in our vocabulary would be “essence.” True magique exists around us at all times. Every once in awhile the veils part and “believers” get a glimpse of such infinite beauty… And then some of us will never believe to see. This be the truth, from Michael P.


e LEO (7.23-8.22)  Like I stated last week,…

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Cosmic Forecast, Aug. 9-Aug. 15

Philosophically, we are the Maya. Perhaps the Maya were an errant tribe of Egyptians, if we consider having “divine” rulers and building pyramids as parallel cultural hallmarks. As an adopted member of Egyptian aristocracy, Moses (the Arian-Age avatar) would have been allowed access to the Egyptian mysteries. He would take that info and incorporate it into the Hebrew mysteries (such as the Zohar and the Qabalah), where it ultimately worked its way into our modern Judeo-Christian “His precious blood” cult ethic, perhaps presenting us with a Mayan human sacrifice parallel? Ring a bell, Pavlov? The two barriers confronting our modern psychological acceptance of the Maya would be their practice of human sacrifice and their image of Quetzalcoatl the Serpent…

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Junk Food or Junk Fuel? Both are bad news.

Pushing their pipedream versions of renewable energy, energy independence and national security, Congress and the White House gave us the current law that subsidizes the ethanol industry (and others). It was called the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The disastrous results of that federal foray into capitalist cronyism include our current crisis surrounding ethanol production and the price of corn in the face of a Hundred-Year drought; just after facing last year’s Hundred Year flood.

With a field corn shortfall and crops failing at record pace, Congress is pretending they are actually doing something about it. There are rumblings in Washington of cutting back on the Federal mandate requiring more billions of gallons of ethanol to be dumped…

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Healthcare with Legs

In showbiz, when a play or a movie has box-office longevity, we say it has “legs.” The same could be said for traditional medical therapies that have lasted for thousands of years. When we consider that early hunter-gatherers probably noted the good effects of some plants they ate and the bad effects of others, we can reason that herbology has roots (pun intended) going back at least two million years. And if the first human to soothe pain by rubbing where it hurts probably lived in a cave, it’s fair to say therapeutic massage predates buildings. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, is over four thousand years old. Written descriptions of traditional medicine date back at least that far.

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Cosmic Forecast, Aug. 2-Aug. 8

Time for fun in the Sun. Next time around, let’s get/be brown all around…

e LEO (7.23-8.22)  Hold on, your Magnificence. Prepare the groundwork for the 3rd Cazimi New Moon in a row, this time in your sign of Leo! Blessings are looking for a way to channel their beneficence your way — and we all know how much you like to have it your way, right? On the morning of July 17th, put it into gear. “Cazimi” means “heart of the Sun.” You are the heart. You are the Sun. Prepare. It’s your year. Be the dragon. Dragons know what they want, get it…and then move on and let the Virgos pick up the…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…


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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Immune Boosters

A few issues ago, we exposed flu shots for what they are: a largely ineffective, money-making scam. [link] And although very few Americans die of...

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Your Tongue Can Save the World

So you want to save the planet? You recycle plastic and consider your carbon footprint but don’t know exactly what that means or how to change your...

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Flu Shots

Each autumn we start hearing tales of employees being either peer-pressured or mandated to get jabbed with an ineffective and dangerous vaccine. You...

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Just Can It!

At farmers markets and in home gardens across the region, produce is poppin’ at a prodigious rate. Summer’s bounty is the tastiest and most...

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