Lunar Eclipse in Libra: Introduction to Personhood

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino


In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I cover this morning’s attacks in Brussels, Belgium, for which ISIL has claimed responsibility. In the next section I look at Mars retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio, and in the last section I consider the implications of Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries.


Phil Lesh, who turned 76 last Wednesday and is this week’s musical guest. The songs I’ve selected are from his show on March 18 at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, New York. That thing behind Phil is his bass rig, what used to be known as an amplifier. Well, it still is one.

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Dear Planet Waves Listener:

In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I cover this morning’s attacks in Brussels, Belgium, for which ISIL has claimed responsibility. More than 30 were killed and many more wounded. Yet the message of the medium of terrorism is fear, and in this program I ask what we can do about that (since we can’t do much to change the news).

I look closely at the chart of the lunar eclipse in Libra that happens Wednesday. This is a turning point in the story of self and other; a question about the role of relationships in our lives.

In the next section I look at Mars retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio, and in the last section I consider the implications of Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries. I share some interesting stuff I learned about how astrologers think of outer planet events from discussions this week with Rob Hand (Planets in Transit) and Richard Tarnas (Cosmos and Psyche).

Tonight’s music is by the Phil Lesh Quintet. Phil is the Grateful Dead’s virtuoso bassist, whose 76th birthday was last week. This week’s songs are from the Friday night show in Port Chester, New York.


11 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse in Libra: Introduction to Personhood

  1. DeborahDeborah

    Can’t fool me, I recognized the first few notes in your intro music. Speaking of which, it took a minute to recognize Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey), playing a hippie grandma in Showtime’s “Shameless”.

    Good show tonight. Good stuff. You know I’m gonna miss you when I’m gone…mwah!

  2. pam

    In case it fits here: ‘On Becoming a Person’ by Carl Rogers was recommended to me recently – I have only read the chapter ‘Towards a theory of Creativity’ but I liked it…

      1. pam

        Looking up Kaizen on wiki it doesn’t sound promising in this context?

        Post Mortem Journal by Jane Sherwood is a book that cropped up again. And! Kung fu Panda 3 was delightful – in this week of so many passings and relevant too, and laughter that feeds the heart…

    1. pam

      OBAP t is a type of learning which cannot be taught. The essence of it is the aspect of self-discovery. With “Knowledge” as we are accustomed to think of it, one person can teach it to another, providing each has adequate motivation and ability. But in the significant learning which takes place in therapy one person cannot teach another. The teaching would destroy the learning.” (p.204)

      “I believe it would be quite clear from my description of therapy, that an overal implication for education would be that the task for the teacher is creating a facilitating classroom climate in which significant learning can take place.” (p.287)

      “When we cease to form judgements of the other individual from the locus of our own evaluation, we are fostering creativity. For the individual to find himself in an atmosphere where he is not being evaluated, not being measured by some external standard, is enormously freeing. Evaluation is always a threat, always creates a need for defensiveness, always means that some portion of experience must be denied to awareness.” (p.357)

      “Where the leader or leaders hold attitudes customarily thought of as therapeutic , the results are good. In other words, if the leader is acceptant both of the feeling of group members and of his own feelings; if he permits and encourages free discussion; if he places responsibility with the group; then there is evidence of personality growth within the group and the group functions more effectively, with greater creativity and better spirit.” (p.371)

  3. Bette

    Thanks especially for the discussion of personhood. As a female raised in the 50’s-early 60’s, what I saw around me & in my family was women-as-wives & dutiful daughters – not persons, whole & unique. I was told to not be “too clever”, to not have opinions (lest I discourage a potential suitor) – & most of all, that men were in charge, & I needn’t learn about things like money, because that was the husband’s job. That did not turn out well for me, needless to say.

    Whether my experience is typical of many women of the boomer generation, I don’t know, but I can say many of us un-learned all that
    diminishing conditioning, & it hasn’t been easy.

    Yes, take two individuals who have not become whole persons – two “halves” & put them together & not much is there that can grow. I believe there was an old song that said “Stay as sweet as you are…”
    I am so glad I didn’t.

  4. DeborahDeborah

    You said it! How nice we’ve made it to the age where we don’t have anything to lose by speaking out loud. We’re now the wise women with the responsibility to do so. What do we have to lose, our reputations? Let’s let her rip, ladies…and we can still be sweet.

  5. Bette

    Thank-you, Deborah – yes, it’s lovely to kick over the traces & feel free to be(come) who we are. “They” don’t matter. Cronedom is a good place to be. Of course, we can still be sweet – AND we can be fierce when we need to.

  6. pam

    Eric with my solar return not far off this personhood eclipse, and the ascendant in Leo I am going to venture boldly and hope I don’t fall flat on my face !

    I listened as always with interest. In addition and by no means complete…

    ?Self formation in relationship can also be taken in a more general way ie it is our relationship to anything/anyone that is informative not the relationship but being in relation with or to. The question then is what is learned/known and what is appropriate and true

    ?Prejudice/habit/judgement could equally just be ‘difference’

    ?Completion in relationship could also be wholly in ie bringing your complete self (warts and all) into the relationship rather than perfect ‘moves’, limited access, keeping up a front. There are different cycles of being etc etc

    ?If everyone is whole in the relationship what is the value between the partners, at what point does not sacrificing oneself to/not being yourself in the relationship become being egotistical. Is a relationship each party and somehow the ‘us’ element too (again what is the agreed ‘value’ (importance/gift/meaning basis) between the partners.

    ?Conditioning of men and women. Many things can inform and give purchase to perception and conditioning ie living in different cultures can give different reference points and ‘free’ up the mind. Again what are the pivotal points of connection ie death or extreme illness merit support but a visit to the hospital doesn’t merit moral support or involvement ? Of course each couple/event/need is different and the decision is taken interdependently ?

    ?Jealousy and integration. In addition there can also be the one who is not jealous who is in the game and levering ie control of resources, sees the other as a possession/finished event (I already have you…), not taking account of the financial (for example ) dependence of the other (for reasons of geography/housekeeping/anything) And then ‘jealousy’ is protest, flagging up etc ?it is possible to be in a situation where all you have is your voice.
    ? Again each example will have its own fingerprint and nuance.

    ?Freedom. At what point do other things kick in – the free decision to go the distance, honour/meet the need of the other which trumps ‘personal freedom’ for ‘cause’ (things like for example if the couple decide that it is preferable for an elderly relative to live with them and accept in sickness, infirmity, bedbound, illness, unable to feed or drink without assistance that these things will be met at home, even for several years). There are similar examples in the couple – the advent of children, one partner pursuing studies while the other carries the weight for that time etc etc. One partner working in another city ….

    ?That relationships tend to turn in approximately 7 year cycles so that you can expect fairly regularly to have to negotiate/assimilate your couple/friendships again or split if you have grown in different directions and can’t bridge the gap

    ?As long as there are no forbidden topics the relationship is still alive even if you argue (negotiating/clarifying understanding etc)

    I hope this is not too concise to be comprehensive, and is a complement/compliment!

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