Beltane, a Tribute to Jonathan Cainer, and Father Daniel

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In tonight’s Planet Waves FM, I say goodbye to my friend and mentor Jonathan Cainer, the renowned and beloved British astrologer. Jonathan died unexpectedly Monday morning at his home in Yorkshire.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

In tonight’s Planet Waves FM [play episode here], I say goodbye to my friend and mentor Jonathan Cainer, the renowned and beloved British astrologer. Jonathan died unexpectedly Monday morning at his home in Yorkshire.

See Jonathan’s chart here

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Jonathan Cainer in his downtown London apartment.

Before I go there, I cover the Beltane New Moon — that is, Friday’s New Moon at the heart of Taurus. This New Moon happens close to the Pagan high sabbath that commemorates mid-spring: the time to celebrate the goddess of love and abundance.

As for Jonathan, fans around the world are grieving the loss of this one-of-a-kind astrologer and horoscope writer. You may know me because he recruited me as his vacation stand-in back in the early 2000s. I covered his daily horoscope in the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail about 50 times, stayed with him at his homes in Yorkshire and London, and basically learned the astrology business from him.

I tell many first-hand stories, and an excellent one told to me by conceptual artist and activist Karen Barnes, who worked with Jonathan on a rather cheeky project aimed at undermining the British monarchy and spreading a message of love and peace.

In the third segment I pay tribute to Father Daniel Berrigan, the infamous and beloved Roman Catholic priest who spend his life undermining the war machine of the American empire. Father Dan, who died over the weekend a few days short of his 95th birthday, was the person who organized burning draft records at Catonsville, Maryland, in 1968, and who went into a GE facility with fellow activists and smashed a nuclear bomb with hammers.

My musical guests are two of Jonathan’s favorite performers: English folk singer John Martyn, and the American perfectionists of jazz, rock and wit, Steely Dan.

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With love,

PS — Here is the Democracy Now! show I reference:

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Fr Daniel Berrigan in 2006. Image: video still

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It’s Still Spring and Mars is Still Retrograde

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Our current Mars retrograde is still young; if you’re not sure where your inner process is leading, you are right in the sweet spot to get oriented with the 2016 Spring Reading and see how far it takes you through the rest of the year.

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Mars will be retrograde until June 29. As with all astrology, it helps to get awareness and momentum going early — and it’s not too late for you to do so.

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Lovely to see your Peerie face whilst listening to the reading. Lots to ponder and eerily apt for how things are a moving onwards at pace. Many thank-yous for being you.

— Christine Hughson, on the Libra Spring Reading

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
Planet Waves Astrology Editor


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2 thoughts on “Beltane, a Tribute to Jonathan Cainer, and Father Daniel

  1. Rob MooreRob Moore

    Eric – I was deeply interested to hear your tribute to Cainer. Thank you for sharing the many amusing and insightful firsthand accounts. I found what you put together to be a truly uplifting celebration of his life.
    Thanks – Rob

  2. Amy Elliott

    I never knew Jonathan personally, but I am one of the many who found Planet Waves through his website, and his departure has left me reeling. I finally found the courage today to listen to your tribute. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is perfect; it paints a vivid and loving picture of a generous friend and a well-loved writer. Thank you for this gift to your listeners, Eric. I hope it has brought you peace.

    Edit: I just found this article on Planet 9 on Jonathan’s site. I feel it’s worth sharing.

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