What is Real and What is Not

By Eric Francis

Photographer Gregory Crewdson, who was one year ahead of me at John Dewey High School, working on one of his elaborate images on a sound stage in Massachusetts.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

Saturday’s Full Moon — the Pisces Moon opposite the Virgo Sun — is overlaid on another aspect — Jupiter opposite Neptune.

Though the Sun and Moon pass through the territory quickly, the Full Moon raises the energy like a tidal surge, offering a unique event in space and time. This event, the Full Moon, calls attention to the slower-moving astrology in the background — Jupiter opposite Neptune. So while the Jupiter-Neptune opposition is not exact until Sept. 17, this weekend’s full Moon is one of its peak moments.

Laurie Anderson performs “Delusions” at EMPAC in Oct. 2010.

The Jupiter-Neptune opposition happens about every 13 years (the last one began on Sept. 11, 2002 and ended on June 2, 2003; and the next one will be on Sept. 28, 2028). The current event is a one-pass opposition, meaning that the alignment happens just once and Jupiter keeps going. (Due to Jupiter’s retrograde, it’s possible for such an alignment to happen up to three times within a few months, under some circumstances.)

In this cycle, we get our exact one-time opposition close to the Libra equinox, on Sept. 23, though an event like this has a wide influence; we’ve already been feeling it for a while, and it will remain an influence for much of the year. Notably, it will be part of the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square that I’ll be writing about soon and basing the 2016 annual readings on.

If you look up the Jupiter-Neptune opposition in an astrology book, you’ll likely get interpretations like the bubble bursts, unrealistic hopes and dreams, lack of clarity, getting lost in illusions and so on. It could manifest as the dreamer who doesn’t bother to manifest his or her dreams. There would be some questioning over what is real and what is not, though real is, of course, a relative term.

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Reform or Revolt: The Choice

By Judith Gayle


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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Saturday, August 29, 2015

By Planet Waves


You have more options than you believe. Because so much is important to you, you’re experiencing a phenomenon of this leading to a narrow sense of potential; few outcomes could actually cover as many points as seem necessary. But you don’t need many possibilities, outcomes or directions of movement; you need the one that works for you.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Friday, August 28, 2015

By Planet Waves


If you’re wondering whether to speed up or slow down, I would say it’s a lot more fun to Be Here Now. No matter what your present circumstances, if you consciously decide to enjoy this moment, you will feel what a sweet season of your life it really is. If this leaves you worried that you should be worried about something, then put your mind and your hands to work, or better yet, put your heart to work loving those who are close to you.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for September 2015

By Eric Francis


This is a separate post with just the extended Planet Waves monthly forecasts for July 2015, covering all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. Extended horoscopes, and weekly horoscopes by Eric Francis are available on this website to Core Community and All-Access Pass holders. They are also emailed directly to all subscribers, including basic subscribers.

Rites of Passage

By Len Wallick


Len Wallick sees a rite of passage with this weekend’s Pisces Full Moon. Looking at the movements of Saturn, it’s clear this past year has been one of transition — and that as we enter September, we’ll be entering a new and eventful phase. Like most rites of passage, this one should be celebrated, not feared.