In 2020 we have not one but two conjunctions that mark the turn of a generation, and of an era in history. On Jan. 12, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn form their once per 33-year conjunction. Then on Dec. 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn, both now in Aquarius, form a conjunction in the first degree of that sign. Read more...

Vesta Full Moon: From the Inside

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

Tuesday’s Full Moon in Taurus takes place a small fraction of a degree from the asteroid (4) Vesta. This is a remarkable conjunction, and a peak moment of Vesta’s extended stay in Taurus (which extends from June 10, 2019 through March 21, 2020 — notably, the same day Saturn enters Aquarius).

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Asteroid (4) Vesta in natural color, from NASA’s Dawn mission.

Vesta is the fourth-discovered and second most massive asteroid, taking up 9% of the total mass of the main belt. (Ceres is the most massive, taking up about 30% of the total mass.)

The Full Moon’s aspect pattern includes Mors-Somnus in a close conjunction, which asks the question, “Is it sleeping, or is it dead?” There is Achilles (false lack of confidence in women), Lachesis (the allotter, who determined the length of life), and Praamzius (named for a Lithuanian god of the sky, peace and friendship). Mercury retrograde is conjunct the Sun, just past the interior alignment.

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Notes on the Dereliction of Dharma

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

Dear Friend and Reader:

As Mercury works its way retrograde in Scorpio, it’s exciting to see the impeachment of Donald Trump gain momentum. I am not saying this as a partisan of any political party. If someone robbed a bank, committed fraud or assaulted someone, I would not be asking what political party they belonged to.

A symbol of the eightfold path, this wheel is an intricate representation of the Dharmachakra, or very early Buddhist eight-spoked wheel. In Sanskrit, Dharma means “acting as if to whole the world together.” Photo by Shamik Chakravorty.

The current Mercury retrograde began in a conjunction to Pallas Athene, the asteroid of law and politics. The station-retrograde was just one week ago, the day the House of Representatives voted on the impeachment proceedings. Notably, these give Trump more due process rights than either Nixon or Clinton had.

From the standpoint of observing the nexus of politics and astrology, the synchronicity of Mercury retrograde, the conjunction to Pallas, in Scorpio, on the day the process was formalized, is just remarkable. Usually things that occur on or around the retrograde have an unexpected outcome. They can become mired in delays, but there are both chutes and ladders in this game.

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Woke Culture

Posted by Planet Waves


In response to criticisms of modern day ‘woke culture’, cartoonist Jen Sorensen looks back fondly to a time when social progress movements were just accepted without question by everyo…oh, wait.

Planet Waves Weekly Horoscope for Nov. 7, 2019

Posted by Amy Elliott


You are gradually becoming liberated from restrictive notions about who you are, and who you can become. Others cannot dictate your identity or character; it is for you alone to decide. And you are complex; were it possible to sum up a whole human being in one sentence, I suspect our brains would be a lot smaller, for one thing; and for another we would not alter nearly so much.

Publishing Schedule Change

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Publishing Schedule Change

Hello! Amanda Painter’s regularly scheduled column will not be appearing for the next couple weeks due to travel. She’ll have a new essay for Nov. 28. Until then, please check the Written in the Planets and the Monday Morning astrology diary for your up-to-date astrological insights. Sign up to be a member and get Eric’s top-shelf horoscopes delivered directly to your inbox.

Secular Assault

Posted by Planet Waves

By Jen Sorensen

Did you read about attorney general William Barr’s recent screed against “non-believers” at Notre Dame University recently? Cartoonist Jen Sorensen imagines a #MeToo movement for those offended by the secular.