The Message is Fear: Bombing in Manchester

Posted by Eric Francis


The word terror means extreme fear, and that’s the goal of terrorism. In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I look at the chart for the bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday night, and ask what, exactly, we might learn from these events.

Before and After Eno: Bowie, Talking Heads, U2

Posted by Eric Francis


Today’s edition of Planet Waves FM is really a glorified version of my old show, the Music Appreciation Hour. Only today you might say that it’s Record Producer Appreciation Hour, if that producer is Brian Eno and if his clients are some of the most sublime musical artists of our lifetimes.

Scorpio Full Moon and Brian Eno

Posted by Eric Francis


Tonight, celebrating the 69th birthday of Brian Eno, Planet Waves FM is a tribute to his music, as well as to art and sex. We’ll hear music spanning about 30 years of Brian’s career, from his early solo days to the early 21st century, including one movement of Music For Airports, covered by the virtuoso ensemble, Bang on a Can.

The Beltane Edition with Loreena McKennitt

Posted by Eric Francis


Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM focuses on Beltane, though first I describe the current, highly and deeply unusual Mercury station direct in Aries. That takes place Wednesday [view chart here].

Taurus New Moon, and Room to Explore

Posted by Eric Francis


Who was Robert M. Pirsig? Tonight’s Planet Waves FM [play episode here] offers an interview (republished from NPR more than 43 years ago) with the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, who died Monday in Maine. [We have found the whole book on PDF here.]

Venus, Chiron and the Divine Feminine

Posted by Eric Francis


With the approaching end of Venus retrograde and Venus conjunct Chiron, tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM is about the Divine Feminine. This means something different to everyone. What it means to me is a healing and creative source at the core of both cosmos and psyche, that’s available to us all the time.

Martin Luther King: In the Name of Love

Posted by Eric Francis


Today is the 49th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. In tonight’s program, after I cover the current astrology, I look at Dr. King’s chart, I talk about the now well-known FBI conspiracy to destroy him, and then I play 30 minutes of his speech linking the civil rights movement to the anti-war movement. That was 50 years ago today, on April 4, 1967.

All That Aries, and Those Aries People

Posted by Eric Francis


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.

Robert Schmidt Discusses the Inventor of Western Astrology

Posted by Eric Francis


Tonight we have something that’s got a touch of history to it: an interview with Robert Schmidt of Project Hindsight, who in July 2016 announced that he had discovered the inventor of Greek astrology, which means Western astrology.

Interview with Ward B. Stone, American environmental hero

Posted by Eric Francis


In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM I drove up to Troy, NY, to meet my old friend and mentor Dr. Ward B. Stone. You may know that I have some years in as an environmental investigative reporter, and Ward was one of the people who helped me.

Venus Retrograde and the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Eric Francis

Sound board used for Planet Waves FM.

Tonight’s program looks more closely at Venus retrograde in Aries. I also have a segment on the political madness we’re currently living under, with a special segment on the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) provided by Democracy Now!

Venus Retrograde and Lou Reed’s 75th Birthday

Posted by Eric Francis


Today’s Planet Waves FM is dedicated to Venus retrograde in Aries. I’m accompanied by Lou Reed as I take you on a tour of this spiritual territory.