Capricorn Full Moon Festivities at the RNC

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino


In tonight’s astrology-rich program, I start with the Republican National Convention now developing in Cleveland. I morph this into coverage of tonight’s Capricorn Full Moon, pretty much the perfect astrology for an off-the-rails, off-the-charts political convention. I then look at a series of medium-range aspects and events. My musical guest is Wilco.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

In tonight’s astrology-rich program [play episode here], I start with the Republican National Convention now developing in Cleveland. Were it not so serious, it would be funny — well, on second thought, it’s managing to do both at the same time.

Tonight’s musical guest is Wilco, with a song from their forthcoming album and selections from their prior release, ‘Star Wars’.

I morph this into coverage of tonight’s Capricorn Full Moon, pretty much the perfect astrology for an off-the-rails, off-the-charts political convention. The Moon and the Sun go void-of-course right after the Full Moon passes, which suggests quite a bit of slipping and sliding for the next 48 hours till the Sun enters Leo early Friday morning.

In the next two segments of the program, I look at a series of medium-range aspects and events: forthcoming Mars conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius; Mars conjunct Saturn square Neptune (the full pattern, coming up in late August); Jupiter ingressing Libra in early September; the Chiron-Pholus square (2016-2019); and a new look at the Uranus-Eris era.

My musical guest is the incomparable Wilco, who surprised their fans today by introducing a new song from their forthcoming album. I play that piece (called “If I Ever Was a Child”) and a few others from their immediately prior CD, Star Wars.

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Give Yourself Some Time to Think

Dear Planet Waves Reader:

Before I introduce your midyear reading for 2016 — the last 12-sign reading before the 2017 annual edition — I have two thoughts to share tonight as the Sun trines Chiron.

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I am aware of what challenging times these are to be alive. We are being confronted with endless change at a rate so fast there is barely time to reflect on anything, even how you feel.

Many fear that society is in some kind of unraveling phase. It certainly feels that way.

For people who are already stressed, on the edge, challenged or struggling, the condition of the world added to their existing difficulties may just be too much. To some extent we’re all feeling a bit like this, even if we’re doing well.

In these times I’m deeply grateful to be doing the work that I do for you.

There is never a day that passes when I go to sleep feeling anything but good about what I accomplished that day. I get to have a job where I never, ever have to compromise my ethics or my values.

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Balance: The 2016 Midyear Reading

As for your midyear reading: in a few days I’m about to begin the process of doing 12 presentations, one for each of the Sun and rising signs, that covers the rest of 2016. One of the main events of late 2016 is that Jupiter enters Libra, so I’m calling this reading BALANCE.

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We are under the most dramatic astrology I’ve ever seen that says wake up and pay attention. Yet without paying attention to yourself and how you feel, you won’t have much to work with. Life is so out of balance, you may be wondering if you’ll ever get yourself on level ground again.

These readings are designed as a moment of respite; and a moment to genuinely reflect on your own life — with the added gift of astrology helping you tune in to the moment, and your inner environment.

This is the gift of astrology: to provide a way into your inner realm, no matter what may be distracting you outside yourself; or no matter what may be on your mind from the past.

We live in tumultuous times, but also exceedingly rich ones, for those who can see the potential.

I am here to help you recognize the possibilities that a time of exceedingly fast change opens up, and help you find the inner resources to make the most of our moment.

Another main aspect that I’ll be covering is the Saturn-Neptune square, about which I have not said enough.
This event peaks in late August with Mars passing through the territory; Mars will make a simultaneous conjunction to Saturn and square to Neptune.

This can be incendiary; it can also be introspective, igniting a new level of awakening.

For Chiron fans, I will look in particular at Chiron in Pisces square Pholus in Sagittarius. This puts the first two centaurs together with the Galactic Core, offering a unique kind of healing opportunity. Chiron in Pisces is our saving grace right now. And it has a special message about balance for us — in particular about integrating containment and release.

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My friend and teacher, Chiron.

I go light on the technicalities in these readings, and emphasize the human factors. They are a morph of a guided meditation and motivational speaking. As you know, my astrology is emotionally centered and also practical.

My intention is to offer you ideas for getting in touch with yourself: ideas you may have already thought of but forgotten in the chaos and distraction of life, or ideas that may be new.

I will build on themes introduced in previous readings, though taking them right into our strange, wild moment.

I strongly suggest accessing all 12 signs, so that you get multiple perspectives (Sun, Moon, rising sign, and those of relationship partners).

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Thank you for taking advantage of the work that I do, and for doing your best to be spiritually aware and living in these very challenging times to be alive.


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Three Days till Solar Leo: Have You Pre-Ordered Your Reading?

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As Eric mentioned in his letter to you on Thursday, he’ll be recording your 2016-17 Leo reading soon. Given the state of the world and how it might be affecting you, I suspect this reading cannot come a moment too soon.

The presentation will be a blend of audio and video, astrology and tarot. If you have Leo rising or Moon, you will love this presentation as much as if you have your Sun in Leo.

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Even natural-born leaders are finding our current world challenging, to say the least. Eric will offer you information that helps you tune into your environment, see opportunities and resolve problems.

Yours & truly,

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PWTV: Global Madness and the Capricorn Full Moon

In this edition of Planet Waves TV, Eric looks back at the past two weeks of global insanity, and puts it in the context of the current astrology. The first chart he examines is that for the incident in Nice, France, last week. Then he looks at the Capricorn Full Moon chart, an event exact today.

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You may not be thrilled to hear that today’s Capricorn Full Moon represents a peak of the events since the Sun ingressed Cancer three weeks ago. However, Eric has some excellent advice for you. This involves using the lunation’s energy to seek resolution, and steering clear of tension where possible.

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More Murder in the Streets

As you’re no doubt aware by now, someone drove a huge truck along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, on Saturday night. The street was closed for Bastille Day celebrations, and the driver of the truck managed to kill at least 84 people. Eric considers the questions many must be asking.

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In this week’s edition, Eric points out that the history of racism in the U.S. is far easier to understand if you accept that the South really won the Civil War. He also continues exploring Uranus-Eris in Aries and Mars in Scorpio, and the effects of both on culture and the prevalence of aggression.

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When the Whole World Feels Like a Scraped Knee

What do you do when you have a cut or scrape? As Amanda Painter notes, when resources, knowledge, motivation — or a value on healing — are lacking, the available options are not always good ones. The sky has been busy as we try to stay sane, yet current astrology illustrates some ways through.

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Let Me Get This Off My Chest

Although Fe Bongolan would rather be writing a recipe for stewed shoes, she will make periodic visits this week to the mind and heart of American darkness — the Republican National Convention — which may at least provide us a way to wrap up any doubts we have about holding on to our nation’s past.

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Role With It

The Sun and Moon will soon change their astrological roles by changing signs after today’s Capricorn Full Moon. Len Wallick suggests you might want to follow suit by acting to raise your consciousness, however you may choose to put on your thinking cap and light the metaphorical light bulb above your head.

12 thoughts on “Capricorn Full Moon Festivities at the RNC

  1. Michael MayesMichael Mayes

    Today’s youth ARE skilled. We DO know how to; and in fact DO make money. We DO know about the “wall of governance”. The majority of us KNOW we know very little, if anything about the inner workings of the government; unless of course we are involved in governance. Still the average person can learn a lot about the inner workings if they want; I would argue there is more transparency of the “wall of governance” than days of yore. A good thing. Young people ARE stepping up, fulfilling roles; working for USPS, running for city council, starting small businesses, giving guitar lessons, etc. When I was substitute teaching, most of the redneck white boys knew how to fix everything on their own cars because of Youtube videos. Half of them could probably build a car. This is happening. Young people are filling the roles in society that need filling. We ARE practical. We STILL want progressive social, economic, and environmental change. We ARE learning how to change at the very LEAST, our own situations, for the better. One love, peace.

    1. Eric Francis

      I think you’re missing the equation I am describing, though I was not especially clear. By deskilling I don’t just mean “lacking the ability to do a valve job.” I mean social skills, the capacity for relational knowledge, depth and consistency, the use of time, the ability to connect one’s motivations to actions, the ability to pay one’s rent: all the basic issues I’ve seen with people in the “millennial” generation.

      Ultimately the proof of a skill is in what you accomplish with it. Talent is a potential; the performance is not. I see, over and over, the disconnect between the result and the growth and effort leading to the result.

      I spoke mostly about what has happened to education: the de-emphasis of humanities and treating university like voc/tech school — that is the dumbing down I was describing, and it’s been an actual plan enacted since the 1970s. Were there metal detectors at the doors when you went to school? That’s not an environment where much meaningful learning is possible. Many kids go through airport security on the way in to their high school.

      1. Amy Elliott

        The airport security in schools thing itself is utterly messed up. As is schools calling the police when kids dare to disobey. Never mind the family being an authoritarian mini-state – the schools would seem to have taken over that role, at least in the US.

        1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

          Although, Amy, speaking with a 25+ year middle school teacher recently, it seems that more and more often parents are not *allowing* schools to enact basic discipline/consequences. For example, apparently it’s rather common now, when a student has done something for which the “punishment” is an hour of detention after school, for the parent to say, “Oh, no — you are not doing that to my child!” …as though having to stay after school for an hour is going to scar the kid for life and ruin his/her future.

          By all means, not all kids who fail to learn the consequences for their poor choices are going to end up rapists like Brock Turner. But the failure to take responsibility for poor choices and accept the consequences does add up and have repercussions.

          Does that make things like school police with guns a good thing? Not at all — far from it. But the authoritarian mini-state of the family does not show any signs of going away, and now they seem even not to respect the rules of the school mini-state when warranted. WTF?

          1. Amy Elliott

            So basically there’s no discipline until the armed police get involved? Nice. It’s like extremes with nothing in the middle. Litigation is probably responsible for a lot of that.

  2. Lyd

    Greetings Eric,

    Lots of goodies in this episode. Must say the slippin’ and slidin’ you refer to has been in my world for the last couple of weeks…ya’ think new shoes might help?

    Re the RNC: sad, hilarious and sadder. Truly unable to articulate more than that. The Intercept and Mondoweiss do it much better.

    Wilco, roger: many thanks for including these guys. A favourite group, with terrific energy and charm. I’m adding one of the best live recordings (imo) of Impossible Germany, Unlikely Japan.

    Thanks again…

  3. Michael MayesMichael Mayes

    I saw differently, Eric. I subbed at a few schools in just one city that had entire wings dedicated to; masonry, robotics, construction, fire, ems. Do those magnet schools not exist in other cities? And I just don’t see young people’s lack of ability to make real connections, and have conversations, etc. Sure, a lot of people, especially young I will admit, seem to keep their faces in their phones. But how often are we really with them? Can we assume they ALWAYS have their face in their phone? I don’t think we can. Furthermore, the young people I observe & have spoken with are open, perceptive, and able to carry on nuanced conversations. It’s men in their 40’s & 50s; for instance my dad & stepdad, and a few of my clients, I won’t mention any names; that speak in blanket terms, don’t have the skills to navigate emotions when speaking, and just have a tough time getting their point across without polarizing the atmosphere in which they are speaking.

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      Michael — by no means do I snub my nose at the kind of skills you mention being taught at the magnet schools. But I do wonder: when kids specialize that early, what happens to studies in the humanities? The critical thinking, broadening of perspective and historical, cross-cultural and cross-discipline context offered is invaluable to navigating a complex world with a sensitivity to nuance. With more and more colleges taking more of a business and “data outcomes” approach, I do wonder if the value of education in the humanities is getting lost of marginalized.

      I know I am speaking generally; I too know younger people involved in theater, for example, who have this kind of education and recognize its value. But I also realize that my social circles are not wide enough to gauge the general climate overall in those terms.

  4. LizzyLizzy

    Interesting thread here. Only time for a quick comment – but must say that I agree with Michael. I taught huge classes of university kids (aged 18 upwards) for over 12 years, till last June – and I found many of them engaged and passionate – and trying to cope with a scary, uncertain future. Was also very struck by the UK youth’s involvement in the Brexit vote . and their horror at the outcome – some of them were mere adolescents.

  5. Geoff Marsh

    I must say I concur with you and Michael, Lizzy. My only contact with the younger generation is through my great-nephews and nieces (anything else would doubtless be condemned as paedophilia). They are all hard-working young people and were all as shocked as I at the result of the Brexit referendum in the UK.

    As far as I can tell from the upcoming astrology, we have another three or four years of working out the detail with regard to the integration of the social and planetary advances suggested during the 60s. This will be a time when we confront the last vestiges of colonial fascism; a time when we finally realise that we all live on a very fragile rock in space and that we all have to live together in peace – or damned close to it – otherwise the whole caboodle is kaput.

    2020. Perfect vision – in hindsight and ahead. Election years in the US and Britain among others, and a chance to rid ourselves once and for all of the spectre of fascism which has gripped the world since the 1930s. That’s not the answer – we knew it then and we know it now. Let’s bury the fascozoic in the time frames of history once and for all.

    I think we may need the next four years to see exactly how dreadful the history from our past can be when given its head. Bring on Trump. Bring on May, Johnson the Clown and the Faragistas. After their brief reign, the future will be glorious. The future will belong to our kids.

    Bless ‘em all, and hallelujah.


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