An American Musical Tradition Lives On, Mercury in Cancer and the Cancer New Moon

Posted by Eric F Coppolino


In tonight’s edition, I recap three historic nights in Chicago when the Grateful Dead played their 50th anniversary reunion show. I cover lots of astrology — Mercury in Cancer, Venus in Virgo (and Venus retrograde) and I recap Saturn in Scorpio. A fantastic edition, featuring vintage 70s recordings by the Dead.

Trey Anastasio, Philip Lesh and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead performing at Soldier Field in Chicago this past weekend. Photo by Jay Blakesberg / Invision / AP.

Trey Anastasio, Philip Lesh and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead performing at Soldier Field in Chicago this past weekend. Photo by Jay Blakesberg / Invision / AP.


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Dear Friend and Reader:

The new Planet Waves FM is done — featuring all the activity in Cancer, an introduction to Venus retrograde, and another look at Saturn in Scorpio. There’s lots of excellent music (vintage 1970) and a close look at the current truly exciting sky.

Before I tell you more about that, I want to let you know that I’ve finished and published the Cancer birthday reading today. In an earlier letter, I gave a basic sketch of the reading, which will get you by. But the astrology has burst to life in the recordings I did yesterday and today.

This is bold astrology with real ideas and a sense of potential. I follow up with a rather blazing tarot card reading in the third section, which includes astrology afterthoughts on Mars in Cancer.

It’s perfect if you’re Cancer Sun, Moon or rising — and is a nifty, modestly priced gift that someone will remember for years. I’ll have an audio preview soon, but don’t wait — the price is still set at the pre-order level.

One last thing — I am writing a new horoscope, for Marie Claire magazine. Here is the July monthly horoscope.

OK, finally — in today’s Planet Waves FM, I begin with a story of meeting someone named John Hance at a Grateful Dead concert on July 4, 1986. He was an old-time Deadhead and a taper, and, it turned out, an advanced student of yoga philosophy.

For several years we went to Dead shows and compared notes on A Course in Miracles, the yoga path and other approaches to life. When I think of the Grateful Dead, that’s the kind of journey that comes to mind.

As for the current astrology, it’s more interesting than I thought. Mercury is about to ingress Cancer. Today it’s in what I’ve been calling the Atlantis Degree — 28+ Gemini, which comes up in a good few weird charts. But I think this is an exciting degree of the zodiac, where it’s possible to spot opportunities for positive developments.

I introduce Venus retrograde as well, describing an unusual situation of Venus about to occupy the first degree of Virgo for two weeks. And I recap Saturn in Scorpio.

All in all, lots of great astrology, music, stories to share and good vibes.

Thanks for tuning in.

With love,

PS — I reference last week’s edition of Planet Waves, titled This American Experiment, which is open to all readers, and includes the weekly horoscope.


6 thoughts on “An American Musical Tradition Lives On, Mercury in Cancer and the Cancer New Moon

  1. Jessica Bailey

    Sorry I did not read the horoscope. I would like to donate my Chakra wand I just need to know if Ascension is real Or a MindFuck? sorry for bold Language No disrespect. I just need to know I’m not being Played with. Sounds by B on YouTube I watched earlier and she said something about People stealing peoples ideas and then her or probably not her said something about bringing light to negative something I can’t quote word for word.

    1. Eric Francis Post author

      Well, Jessica, you have asked some questions. Horoscopes can be a mindfuck, but so can lots of things. As you see we surround the horoscope with many other types of practical and spiritual support.

    2. chief niwot's sonchief niwot's son

      Jessica- To be spiritual is to be grounded, to be fully present in this life. When the Buddha awoke under the Bodhi Tree he touched the ground and called upon Mother Earth as a witness to his awakening.

      The ascension game is being played and sold by people who have yet to resolve the shock of embodiment, of coming into this precious human incarnation. It is framed as being spiritual, yet in truth it is the opposite, it is avoidance and the acting out of unresolved material.

  2. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Thank you, Eric. Closure in word. Closure in deed. A beautiful and touching, an interesting and fascinating, a great and wonderful podcast.

  3. Michael MayesMichael Mayes

    I’m finding Saturn’s retrograde back into Scorpio to be about witnessing, not judging. It’s not about a complex analysis of what is witnessed either. It’s about taking in what’s going on around you, noticing how that makes you feel, then act on it right now in order to take control of your own life. It can be difficult to go through the emotional pain, or to take the risk of doing what needs to be done, but it is the only way to truly live your life.

  4. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

    “Ripple” has pretty much always been my all-time favorite GD song — and as I noted earlier today on a friend’s FB wall, “My favorite song — including when Jane’s Addiction covered it. With Jerry, it was like the wings of spirit. With JA, it was like the primal heartbeat of the jungle. Two sides of the coin, imo.

    She had posted this link — it’s one of Playing for Change’s wonderful videos featuring musicians all over the world collaborating on the song. Makes me smile, and fills my heart:

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