Monthly Archives: May 2012

Transit of Venus: Embracing the Solar Feminine

Posted by Eric Francis


On June 5 (June 6 in some time zones) Venus and the Sun form a precise conjunction, called a transit of Venus. Venus and the Sun align about once a year — though this one is different due to the fact that Venus will not pass above or below the Sun but rather directly cross its path. This is called a transit of Venus. Considered one of the most rare predictable astronomical events, transits of Venus arrive in pairs separated by eight years; the pairs themselves are divided by more than a century.

Beyond Astrology

Posted by Eric Francis


Next week, Planet Waves plans to provide continuous coverage of the United Astrology Conference (UAC) in New Orleans. Most of what we offer will be on our audio channel, Planet Waves FM. I will be interviewing the most interesting people I can round up and put on the air, in one-on-one conversations and roundtable-type discussions.

Invoking the Goddess of Curiosity

Posted by Eric Francis


My old therapist Joe once said if he were to hang a sign over his counseling room door, it would say, “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” If I were to hang one it would say, “Curiosity will set you free.” One of the most certain ways to grow — indeed, the essential ingredient — is to be curious about yourself.

Adam Yauch: A Voice From the Chaos

Posted by Eric Francis


I can place my experience of the Beastie Boys into three distinct moments. In the late 1990s, I saw them play a benefit concert for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the black journalist on Pennsylvania’s death row. The show was one of those special moments of activism in American history. Worldwide momentum was gathering in the movement to free Mumia, and to end the death penalty.

Moonshine Horoscopes for May

Posted by Eric Francis


Today we have the Moonshine horoscope by Genevieve Hathaway, who has filed her column From Cairo, Egypt. Moonshine horoscope is based on your Moon sign, which is a good thing to know if you find astrology helpful. It will open up a new dimension of your astrological consciousness (and there are many more after that).

In Praise of Trees

Posted by Eric Francis


We’re approaching one of the most impressive Full Moons of the year — the Scorpio Full Moon, which this year happens Saturday, May 5 at 11:35 pm EDT. Presently the Sun is at the sensitive balancing point of the season, located halfway between (Northern Hemisphere) spring equinox and summer solstice. This time of year is known as Beltane, though in our particular year, the Moon comes along and makes an exact opposition to the Sun.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for May 2012

Posted by Eric Francis


The Sun is now in Taurus. May is the month of Beltane, that Pagan holiday that blends sex and money (which I’ve just introduced on the Planet Waves daily edition — additional coverage all week). The usual date for celebrating this ancient holiday is May 5. This combination of themes isn’t as strange an idea as it sounds, when you consider it in the context of fertilizing the fields with love and passion — the fields that will feed the community for the next year.