All That Aries, and Those Aries People

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Planet Waves FM is back, with the Aries edition. I look at all the Aries conjunctions we’re currently experiencing, including the Moon passing through the Uranus-Eris conjunction tonight, and the Sun about to pass through it.

Use this link if you’re listening on an iOS or mobile device. Download MP3.


Join Eric’s exciting new class this Saturday, Karma, Reincarnation and Astrology. Learn how to view the astrology chart as a picture of karma, and how to move forward with what you discover. The class is one of three upcoming sessions between April and June — you can order all three here at half the total price.


This is an exciting time to be an Aries. Find out how to maximize your potential and get energized when you pre-order your 2017-18 birthday reading here.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

Planet Waves FM is back, with the Aries edition [play episode here]. I look at all the Aries conjunctions we’re currently experiencing, including the Moon passing through the Uranus-Eris conjunction tonight, and the Sun about to pass through it.

Betty with a Book of Blue postcard in her hand. Photo by Eric.

Venus is retrograding toward Pisces, and on Saturday will be conjunct both Pallas Athene and the Aries Point. I describe all of this and more.

To make the program interesting, I look at the chart of one Paul John Manafort, the infamous campaign manager/chairman/mogul of TrumpCo. Manafort, whose birthday is Saturday, is one of those All Aries, All the Time kind of guys: many planets there, high initiative, and lots of contact with old Vlad Putin, whose chart I compare to Manafort’s.

To make the program even more interesting, Tantra Corner this week is devoted to Betty Dodson, who has lots of planets and her Moon in Aries. She’s a revolutionary of the 8th house (death, dowry) who explained to the world that masturbation is a legitimate form of sex. I tell the story of how I know Betty, and read her chart for the umpteenth time (I hold the world record!).

As mentioned, Betty’s original article in Ms. Magazine is available here. Her pamphlet Liberating Masturbation became Sex For One, which you can get on Amazon here.

Music today is provided by Crosby, Stills and Nash, and it’s just delightful. I overdo the song breaks, just to stuff in more of their magnificent work. Here’s where to find them on iTunes or Amazon.

With love,

Planet Waves (ISSN 1933-9135) is published each Tuesday and Thursday evening in Kingston, New York, by Planet Waves, Inc. Core Community membership: $197/year. Editor and Publisher: Eric Francis Coppolino. Web Developer: Anatoly Ryzhenko. Special Project Designer: Lizanne Webb. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Eric’s Assistant: Ellen Dockery. Client Services: Amy Elliott. Media Consultant: Andrew Ellis Marshall McLuhan. Music Director: Daniel Sternstein. Bass and Drums: Daniel Grimsland. Additional Research, Writing and Opinions: Amy Jacobs, Cindy Ragusa and Carol van Strum.

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Dear Friend of Planet Waves:

Today, I received a copy of a book called Incarnation, sent to me by its author, Melanie Reinhart. She’s one of a very few astrologers I trust on what you might call the spiritual level. And it was truly exciting to crack the book and get her perspective on some subjects on which I value her opinion — and which I’ll soon be teaching about.

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Eric Francis.

On Saturday, April 1 (noon to 4 pm ET), I’ll be offering my first of three astrology classes for 2017. This is a rare opportunity to work with me in a live and interactive setting; my writing duties have increased recently so these classes will be increasingly rare.

Saturday’s program covers a potentially controversial (and often misrepresented) topic area: karma, reincarnation and astrology. This interrelationship is, in truth, the essence of chart reading. We will start by defining karma for our purposes, and by getting some ideas out into the open about reincarnation.

This class will cover the angles, the lunar nodes, retrograde planets, Saturn-Moon aspects, and what people usually consider the “karmic” houses — 4, 8 and 12.

It’s designed to be accessible to new students and serious astrology fans, and advanced students and practicing astrologers will get useful information. It will make you a better, more sensitive astrologer, able to handle complex questions.

The class will be in audio teleconference, available by landline, cell phone, Skype and listening via web. All students will get access to the recording, including as a download.

Bring your questions! Bring your ideas! Bring yourself.

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Aries Birthdays 2017:
Solution-Oriented Astrology for Your Whole Year

“More spot-on than any astro update I’ve ever had!!”
— Umm Shams

Dear Friend and Reader:

With the Aries New Moon last night, we all began a new cycle. And if you’re someone with an Aries Sun, rising sign or Moon, that new beginning is extra-personal.

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What is motivating you now? What are your most energizing aspirations and dreams? How can you make use of current and upcoming astrological transits to get yourself pointed in the direction of your highest potential?

This is exactly the kind of territory Eric will be covering in your upcoming 2017 Aries Birthday Reading. He has an uncanny way of putting even the most vexing, intricate or subtle difficulties into a context that helps you to see how the puzzle pieces fit — and eases your way as you put them together.

This is not about predictions; this is solution-oriented astrology.

“…expansive and mind-blowing, and absolutely on the money in everything. You helped me immeasurably as I change and change and grow, and change some more. What a time!”

— Linsey

You get two 30-minute segments of audio astrology, plus a tarot reading for your year (and an extended written description of your sign). But really what you get is a dependable resource every time you listen to it — and you can listen as many times as you like.

If you pre-order your Aries Reading soon, you can take advantage of the discounted pre-order price of only $19.97. Note that the price will increase when the reading publishes.

Thank you for being a vital part of Planet Waves. I wish you a dynamic and rewarding year.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

P.S. If you know and love an Aries, brighten their day (and their whole year!): give the 2017 Aries Reading as a gift.

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This Week on Planet Waves

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Aries New Moon: The Adventure Continues

Monday night was the Aries New Moon. As Eric writes, this was the latest of a series of conjunctions in the energetic first sign. Late last week was the Venus-Sun conjunction; Sunday, Mercury passed by the Uranus-Eris conjunction; now the Moon and Sun have formed their first conjunction of the astrological year.

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Eat Before Dinner: A Gluten-Free Manifesto

In Thursday’s full Planet Waves edition, Eric describes some of his experiences living with celiac disease. He discusses navigating the variety of responses from restaurateurs, which shows how much room there is for improvement; and offers some tips on how to identify the ‘hidden’ gluten in your food.

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Seek Yourself with Sun-Venus, and Then What?

Has the Venus retrograde been glitchy for you? As Amanda Painter describes, even that can offer valuable reminders of what matters most to you, and what you need to do about it. While Venus is urging internal inquiry, Mercury engages slow-moving planets in the cardinal signs to get you thinking about your role in the world.

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Your Inner New Moon

When the lunar cycle is renewing with a New Moon, the Moon itself is never outwardly visible. As Len Wallick notes, however, the astrology surrounding last night’s New Moon in Aries implies you have access to what might be called insight — especially if you are willing to do some self-examination, and make adjustments.

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Democracy Now! Pick of the Week

On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system, which is backed by several progressive groups.

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“Government” or “Democracy”?

“Government” has become a dirty word. Jen Sorensen sheds some light on what people really are saying.

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One guess how he knows “how it works”

Cartoonist Matt Bors has no doubt that ‘real leaks with fake news’ is in Trump’s wheelhouse.

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2 thoughts on “All That Aries, and Those Aries People

  1. Glen Young

    Congrats on getting your dream come true column at the New York Daily News. I can see a lot of latent astrologers getting their wake up call through this subversive literature. Or, others coming to the realization of their dormant spirituality (the hidden Uranus/Neptune square). Another well done Planet Waves FM; much gratitude-thanks.

  2. Sue Edwards

    Thank You Eric. I feel Honored and Blessed to be able to share in your messages of loving Compassion and Healing.

    I once received a message that all Karma was a matter of Self Judgment and as we put our judgmental mind to rest, karma is transcended. It actually made sense to me, when understood that the goal of my Soul was to realize “Being One with All That Is”. I raised my kids with the Understanding and guidance to treat everyone as if they were themselves, asking the question “If that were me, how would I like to be treated?” Because beyond the limits of linear time, at some time in some place, it is.

    On the subject of masturbation, thanks to being sexually molested by a couple of priests who had volunteered to be babysitters, I discovered it at an extremely early age. Raised in a strict Catholic household, my adventures at the age of 5 were frowned upon but I knew different. For me, the goal of masturbation was/is always to experience orgasmic bliss, because I enjoyed it so much. Even though I was suppose to feel guilty for that enjoyment. Those priests also taught me everyone enjoyed it, as well as, not to trust them as any kind of authority that could be trusted.

    Maybe the purpose of sex is to experience the surrender of orgasmic bliss? For to become increasingly aroused without being able to reach an orgasm sounds like an exercise in frustration to me. Something totally lacking in fulfillment, whether practiced alone or with company.

    Maybe our interest in sex is not in sex itself, but in the experience of orgasm? Which we don’t need anyone else’s help in achieving. And maybe the attitudes we were taught, had to do with raising sexual co-dependents?

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