Freddie Mercury and His Asteroid

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino


In this edition, I look at Jupiter’s ingress into Libra, which takes place Friday morning. This sign-change takes us to a new phase of astrology, with Jupiter entering a more open energy field, and playing counterweight to Uranus and Eris in Aries. I also look at the charts of Phyllis Schlafly and the incredible Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 70 yesterday.

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Jupiter enters Libra on Sept. 9 — which is the main subject of BALANCE, the 2016 Midyear Reading. This is a half-hour video presentation for each sign and rising sign. We recommend you get all 12 signs. You may choose individual signs here.

If you’re Virgo Sun, Moon or rising, you can now get instant access to the audio segments of your 2016-17 birthday reading by Eric. Find out what the gathering of planets, Mercury retrograde and an eclipse in your sign mean for you.

Dear Friend and Listener:

In this edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here] I look at Jupiter’s ingress into Libra, which takes place Friday morning. This sign-change takes us to a new phase of astrology, with Jupiter entering a more open energy field, and playing counterweight to Uranus and Eris in Aries.

Freddie at his performing best during the incredible Live Aid gig. Photo by kentarotakizawa.

Freddie Mercury would have been 70 years old this week. For years we’ve been wanting to feature him, his chart and his music — and today is the day. This weekend, the Minor Planet Center announced that asteroid (17473) Freddiemercury was named, and Freddie has it, of all places, conjunct his natal Mercury. You may view a Leo rising chart for him here.

I also read the chart of someone who would be utterly appalled to be on the same, well, anything as Freddie Mercury or Queen — Phyllis Schlafly, the one-woman show who derailed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s.

Considered the First Lady of the neoconservative movement, Schlafly was the ultimate contradiction: a woman who lived with the full rights of personhood, who then denied them to all other women. Her chart is available here.

Thanks for listening — catch you soon with Planet Waves TV.

You can find Queen’s music, DVDs and other merchandise on the official Queen website. There are also plenty of Freddie biographies out there: one that’s guaranteed to entertain is Freddie Mercury: His Life in His Own Words, which you can find here on Amazon.

With love,

P.S. Around the 35-minue mark, I mistakenly say that Venus is square Saturn; what I meant is that Venus in Libra is square Pluto in Capricorn. Apologies for any confusion!

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. Designer: Lizanne Webb. Finance: Jonathan McCarthy. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Eric’s Assistant: Gale Jazylo. Client Services: Amy Elliott. Media Consultant: Andrew Marshall McLuhan. Research, Writing and Editing: In addition to those listed above, Planet Waves is produced by a team consisting of Fe Bongolan, Kelly Janes, Amanda Moreno and Carol van Strum.


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One of massive, swirling Jupiter’s moons on the left, balanced by its shadow on the right, in a close-up from “Jupiter: Into the Unknown,” a trailer for the NASA Juno Mission.

BALANCE: Midyear Reading Based on Jupiter in Libra

On Friday Jupiter leaves Virgo and ingresses Libra. And while Jupiter changes signs about once a year (not counting any retrogrades over sign cusps), this is still big news from a big planet.

How do you keep your balance in the midst of change? Even positive change can be disruptive, despite being longed-for and exciting. Finding a moment to rest and recalibrate is often essential to one’s ability to go with the flow; periodically refilling the well lets you draw from that well more deeply as you expand outward.

Take a moment before Jupiter’s big move into Libra to refill your inner well with one or more individual signs of BALANCE: the 2016 Midyear Readings by Eric Francis. These video readings were designed to work in pairs; so if you know your Sun, Moon and rising sign (or the Sun signs of those close to you), getting all 12 signs will give you even more depth to draw from.

The Perfect Reading for This Prime-Time Virgo Moment

“Thanks, EFC and all of the wonderful folks at Planet Waves, for your thoughtful medicine to soothe the weary soul!
— Elizabeth, after listening to the 2016-17 Virgo Birthday audio segments

Dear Friend and Reader:

Have you been trying to figure out what to get your favorite Virgo Sun or Virgo rising loved one? Having Mercury, Virgo’s ruling planet, currently retrograde in that sign suggests they might be feeling extra-introspective, and we have the perfect gift idea:

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The Sept. 1 solar eclipse was either a ‘total annular’ or a ‘partial’ depending on where you viewed it from; astrologically, it works the same even if you could not see it at all. Dominyk Lever captured this series of images over Arusha, Tanzania.

The 2016-17 Virgo Birthday Reading — still available for the low pre-order price of only $19.97 — even though the audio portions of the reading are available now for instant access.

In addition to the two audio segments, your Virgo gift recipient will receive Eric’s singular video tarot reading and any summary thoughts as soon as he records them.

Today, the Sun is halfway through Virgo. As of this Friday, we’ll be halfway between two eclipses. If ever a moment was ideal to tap into the deeper power of this sign through expert astrology, this is it.

If you’re sitting on the fence about this reading (either for a loved one or for yourself), you’re welcome to listen to last year’s Virgo reading, as a gift from us. Consider it a Mercury-retrograde-worthy review resource, as well as a way to check Eric’s accuracy and see just how nuanced, clear and encouraging he is in these readings.

“Thank you for your loving guidance for making the most of Virgo’s upcoming prime time in the personal houses.” — Cheryl Corson, on a recent Virgo reading

I don’t expect the discounted price to last much longer, so I’d encourage you to take advantage of this beautiful Virgo moment and order the 2016-17 Virgo Birthday Reading today.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

Planet Waves Astrology Editor
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10 thoughts on “Freddie Mercury and His Asteroid

    1. Amy Elliott

      Thanks very much for drawing our attention to this naming before the show, Geoff – much appreciated – and how amazing that it happened to be next to Mercury in his natal chart.

      It’s also completely unplanned, by the way, that the image in Amanda’s Virgo letter above was taken in Tanzania, Freddie’s birthplace – and Jen’s latest comic also mentions Tanzania. I’d like to think the Supersonic Man was giving us a wee wave as he whizzed on by.

      We love you, Freddie. <3

      1. Geoff Marsh

        Many thanks for the nod, Amy, much appreciated.

        I’ve always applauded Brian May’s post-Queen activities. Instead of resting on his musical laurels and retiring on the fortune it had generated, he put his energy into completing his education, obtaining a Ph.D. in astrophysics. More recently he acted as a science team collaborator with NASA’s New Horizons Pluto probe and, here in the U.K., is a major champion of animals rights.

        Although it’s the lead singer who normally garners the Leo’s share of attention, it is worth pointing out, I think, that Brian May was the first Queen member to have an asteroid named after him – Asteroid 52665 is called Brianmay.

  1. Mary

    Eric — I would be honored to help you out on this program. I am (as you may remember …eeesh!) searching for work and it seems as if you could use an extra pair of hands or two to provide you with material as you call it out over the air. That ingress of Jupiter into Libra … that chart I’m sure was right there, amidst all the over charts you had going for your program, but you had much to discuss. Think about it. I’d be honored.


  2. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

    Hey Eric — I’m pretty sure I just heard you say Venus is square Saturn? (Around the 35-minute mark, maybe a minute or so earlier). Not sure if you meant to discuss Venus sextile Saturn in Sagg, or Venus square Pluto in Capricorn; I had to pause the program to get to some other things, so I’m not sure if you corrected yourself.

  3. DeborahDeborah

    The analysis of the Phyllis chart was enlightening for the sexual repression and daddy issues. I then watched the excellent production, “Confirmation”, showing the persecution of Anita Hill, so have been thinking how far we’ve come, or have we?

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