First Week of Virgo, a Season of Her Own

Posted by Eric Francis

Dear Friend and Reader:

This was my week to cool off from completing BALANCE, the 2016 midyear reading. Even with as much astrology as I do, it’s a full-on experience to devote so much energy to each sign and rising sign, and then to go through the whole wheel in the space of two weeks.

Speaking of the Goddess, Alexandra Weishaupt, incarnating as the Fire Queen, at her wedding on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Eric Francis.

I do my research over the months, get into the groove, and begin the signs. Pisces mysteriously approaches and then I’m propelled out of the project, soaked from an astrological fever. What I do is to shapeshift into each of the signs and fully inhabit it, and tell your story from the inside.

The result is a set of twelve 30-minute video sign readings that are organized in sign-pairs: Aries and Libra, Taurus and Scorpio, and so on. I have several options for what pattern you can choose to read all 12 signs.

For this reading, I explore the sign-pairs as energy systems featuring the polarity of one’s opposite sign — by the way, an idea integral to understanding astrology.

BALANCE condenses the developments you’ve been reading about for the past five months (since the spring reading covering Mars retrograde), including the end result of retrograde Mars, Uranus conjunct Eris, the Saturn-Neptune square and other events — each of which stands out as an archetypal flame of our times.

The readings are available as an all-12 package (so you can listen to your rising sign, Moon sign and opposite sign) or as individual signs. We are including last year’s vastly under-rated Astrology for Artists (the Jupiter in Virgo midyear reading) with each purchase.

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BALANCE is now published!

Posted by Planet Waves

Eric has now completed BALANCE, the 2016 midyear reading. There are readings for all 12 Sun, Moon and rising signs, available for instant access. We’ll be following that up soon with a cool resources area.

We recommend you purchase all 12 signs; since, as the title suggests, the sign readings work best in their opposite pairs — as displayed in the video below. You can still get all 12 here for just $57. If you wish to, you can choose your individual signs here.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for September 2016

Posted by Eric Francis


This is a separate post with just the extended Planet Waves monthly forecasts for August 2016, 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 Backstage Pass holders. They are also emailed directly to all subscribers, including basic subscribers.

Pod People

Posted by Planet Waves

By Jen Sorensen.

“Give me convenience or give me death!” Sadly, as cartoonist Jen Sorensen notes, the proliferation of single-use pods and packaging may give us both.

Super-Virgo: Mercury Retrograde and Eclipse Season

Posted by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter.

After briefly covering some Virgo basics, Amanda Painter offers an overview of Mercury’s upcoming station retrograde in Virgo, a sign it rules, on Aug 30 — followed by the first of a pair of eclipses on Sept. 1, which is also in Virgo. One question to consider: what have you been working for and serving thus far, and how well has it really served you?

Democracy Now! — Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Posted by Planet Waves

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New questions have arisen this week over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. On Tuesday, the Associated Press published a new investigation revealing that while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, more than half of the private citizens she met with (at least 85 of 154 people) had donated to the Clinton Foundation. The AP investigation comes after a three-year battle to gain access to State Department calendars.

In a New Way

Posted by Amanda Moreno

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This week, columnist Amanda Moreno discusses what it’s like to use tarot cards in a different way, as a guide for writing her column. In doing so, she explores different forms of transformation, how they can be seen at the collective and personal levels, and wishes us all some strength and grounding during another burst of turbulent astrological weather.

Democracy Now! — Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Posted by Planet Waves


On Tuesday, President Obama visited Louisiana for the first time since the devastating floods that killed 13 people and damaged 60,000 homes. The Red Cross has called it the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy. While many climate scientists have tied the historic floods in Louisiana to climate change, President Obama made no link during his remarks.

Our Virgo Sun and The Tragically Hip

Posted by Eric Francis


Tonight we pay tribute to The Tragically Hip, whose presumed final concert was watched by 11 million Canadians on Saturday night. The streets of towns and cities were deserted, the Olympics were abandoned and eyes and ears focused on Kingston, Ontario, where the band ended its tour. I also have lots and lots about Virgo, including from Alice Bailey, and more on Tantra.


Posted by Len Wallick


Tomorrow’s conjunction from Mars to Saturn in Sagittarius could well be your opportunity to start a new journey with a single life-affirming step. As Len Wallick suggests, the key to making more of this astrology than old stories might have allowed to be possible may be one simple step: to get involved.