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Hold On,World

Now we know. Now we know, you might say, what it feels like to have some "collateral damage" inflicted upon us: pain and devastation raining down on everyday life, upon those whom we are calling the innocent because they live in our country and were made victims. Collateral damage, a term last used in public by George Bush Sr. during the Persian Gulf War, is military jargon for the innocent people in other countries that the United States kills in the course of terrorism-as-usual. We have learned, in an hour, in a day, in a week, what it's like to lose our friends and family and compatriots to acts of war committed by heartless, anonymous attackers, and to see our national monuments and our national infrastructure shattered in a moment.

Mercury Also Rises

The Astrology of September 11, 2001

At the moment Flight 11 was crashed into the World Trade Center, the planet Mercury, named for the winged, fleeting messenger of the gods, was rising exactly on the eastern horizon. Like the moment of sunrise begins the day, on Sept. 11, Mercury -- though invisible because of daylight -- peered over the gates of dawn and changed our view of history. This image may not seem to speak of the horrors experienced by thousands of people, many of whom watched from inside their offices as airliners hit the buildings, and millions of others who watched the catastrophe unfold on live television. But Mercury had a lot to say on Sept. 11, and it's likely we'll be interpreting its messages for many years to come. Or, let's hope so.

Sept. 11, 2001 Chart Revisited

As one of the most important collective events in recent world history, the time and place of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks provides data for a chart that can serve as a guide to the events we experienced -- and continue to experience -- as a result of whatever went down that day. One of astrology's most important jobs is to help us find some meaning in what is otherwise terrible and bereft of any sense. And this chart is ominous. I think any astrologer would agree with that.

September 11, 1984

When 9-eleven went down, we can be sure that astrologers all over the world ran (not walked) across the house, typed the data into their computers and had a look at the chart. For those who speak the language of astrology, it's a remarkable horoscope, and I'm going to do my best to relay my interpretation of the chart to you, which is more or less what I came up with in the first week after the event.

I Was There

I hit the snooze button once too often so my morning was spent hurrying to get myself and my daughters fed, dressed and out the door. I did manage to double-check that they each had their homework and lunch money. I recall sharply reminding them to shut off the lights as we left the house. Frazzled, I made my way down our street. Noelle, the older of the two, was pouting because she thought she was going to be late to school. Carmen was whining because she wanted something warm to eat and not the apple and granola bar I had grabbed for the car ride.

Were It So

On the night of Oct. 30, 1938, back when mass media was still clutching its mama's breast, we learned something significant about how public consciousness works when exposed to unusual, frightening news reports: most people will believe anything.

Karl Rove: Too Much of Nothing

Who exactly is Karl Rove? When I mention him here in Canada, few people have heard of him. True, I can't think of anybody at all in Canadian politics except for good old what's his name out in Quebec. But I'm sure that even most blue-blooded, red-stated Americans don't quite know who he is. We've heard of him, but, like, who? Or more accurately, wot?

September 11, 2001 Resource Area

Official Sites, Timelines, General Pages, Astrology, Oddities, Media SourcesPost 9-11, News Stories, Discussion Forums, Passenger Manifests.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

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