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Max Yasgur (1919-1973), who allowed the Woodstock Festival to happen on a grazing pasture of his dairy farm in Bethel, New York. His neighbors did not appreciate this. Everyone else did.

Fellowship Among Men and Women

Dear Friend and Reader:

This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, which was actually held in Bethel, New York -- a town whose name translates to "house of God." We've always paid tribute to Woodstock at Planet Waves, and commemorated the event in some small way almost every year. The original, one and only festival, held Aug. 15, 16, 17 and 18, 1969, was one of the great watersheds of the modern human experience, defying everything that our society is supposed to be, and exemplifying what we can create if we want. I don't mean sex, drugs and rock and roll: I mean people getting along with one another, sharing what we have and celebrating existence.

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Hexagram 13 of the I Ching: Fellowship Among Men.
It's a little-known historical fact that on the eve of 500,000 people gathering for what in fact became three days of peace and music, Wavy Gravy threw the I Ching and got Hexagram 13, "Fellowship Among Men." This is "the creative, heaven" above and "the flame" below. It's a picture of creative fire, rising from the Earth. We've been talking a lot about Vesta lately, and this is a beautiful manifestation of her energy: the goddess of the creative fire within, and in the world. In fact the asteroid Vesta is prominent in this chart, which I'll get to in a moment.

This event took place in what would have been an unforgettable summer in any event: the Moon landing, the gruesome antics of the Manson family, the recording of Abbey Road, the breakup of the Beatles and many other events, all of which culminate at the Woodstock Festival on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in sleepy old Sullivan County, a place there are usually more cows than people.

The judgment or predicted outcome when this hexagram appears is: "Fellowship among men in the open. Success. It furthers one to cross the great water. The perseverance of the superior man furthers." Imagine how they must have felt seeing that message come out of the yarrow sticks.

One commentary reads, "True fellowship among men must be based upon a concern that is universal. It is not the private interests of the individual that create lasting fellowship among men, but rather the goals of humanity.

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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, August 14, 2009, #779 - BY ERIC FRANCIS

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
Finally a line of energy has opened up in a frustrating or divisive situation, though you'll need to apply yourself to work it consciously. The go-ahead is that for a moment, anyway, you no longer feel so divided against yourself. You're also in touch with your feelings in an unusual way; you are able to make certain admissions to yourself that are otherwise much more difficult. An issue that was previously invisible is now vivid enough to see for what it is. But it doesn't resolve itself unless you assert yourself. We could make a list a mile or two long about why you're not supposed to do that. Here is a clue: guilt does not mean you're wrong; it means you're suffering from having been made wrong in the past. If you feel guilty for feeling, for having emotions or for seeking self-understanding, you can be sure that was the case. These things can only be addressed now, which fortunately is precisely what time it is.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
One of the most sincere things that any person can do is admit that we stand in constant relationship to the unknown. One way to look at the overload of so-called information in our society is to fill a vast, terrifying gulf of what we don't know: for example, how long we will live, how we got here, what the rest of our lives will be like, whether we can really trust certain people, and how serious the planetary crisis is right now. As the next few days pass you will be looking straight into not just the unknown but the sense of potential that accompanies any honest encounter with the abyss. If you haven't already unplugged the thing and put it in the closet, these would be the perfect few days to boycott television and other forms of infotainment.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)
During the course of this year, an energetic condition or state emerged in your life that seemed to pick you up and carry you. The truth is, it took you by storm, making it difficult to track the decisions you were making as you made them; and made it more difficult to assess your motives. The more recent news is that what was once an onslaught of progress is more understandable in its constituent parts. Everything is composed of elements. The ones that are influencing you are in the process of distinguishing themselves from one another, but only so that they can re-form again in new ways. In fact there are so many possible combinations that it will be very helpful to work from the goal backwards to the process of getting there. This will save time and energy and maximize the results that you want.

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