Martin Luther King: In the Name of Love

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino


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.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

Today is the 49th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. In tonight’s program [play episode here], 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 speech was 50 years ago today, on April 4, 1967.

As for astrology, I devote most of that to the discussion of Chiron, and the forthcoming connection of retrograde Venus and Chiron in Pisces. This program contains a solid introduction to Chiron as a planetary development in astrology, touching on some of the mythology, history and mostly the feeling of Chiron.


At Slane Castle, Ireland, a young-looking Bono and Edge of U2, working with Brian Eno, who looks a little like Riffraff (from the Rocky Horror Picture Show). Today’s music is all U2 collaborating with Eno.

Chiron represents the holistic principle, and with a conjunction to Venus, this means taking a holistic view of sexuality.

And that, in turn, calls for a healing process, on several interrelated levels: emotional, spiritual and physical. I come back to that topic in tonight’s Tantra Corner, which is the last few minutes of the program. Music tonight is provided by the epic collaboration of Brian Eno and U2. I was planning to wait until Taurus time to feature Eno, Bono and David Byrne, my favorite Taurus men of music; however, today called forth an early appearance by U2, given that they have written some of the best tributes to King.

All music is from the Unforgettable Fire era [Amazon | iTunes], with the exception of the last piece: a collaboration between Eno and U2 released under the pseudonym Passengers as an alleged collection of soundtracks from obscure Asian films, which I find hilarious and I am sure they did as well. That last piece is Miss Sarajevo, in an officially-released live edition — a song that Bono has said is his favorite U2 piece. The dude singing opera quite convincingly is Luciano Pavarotti.

With that, I leave you to tonight’s program. Thanks for tuning in; and thanks to Anatoly for music research, and Amanda Painter and Amy Elliott for pulling together the Tuesday edition each week.

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3 thoughts on “Martin Luther King: In the Name of Love

  1. Amy Elliott

    Just right off the bat: I’d never heard RFK’s announcement before, and it made me rather uncomfortable. How nice of him to tell the crowd how they should feel about MLK’s murder. :/

    Also: I wish I could smack the writer of that letter.

  2. Glen Young

    Such amazing insight and knowledge, great fearlessness/selflessness in the search for truth, love and transparency. At thirteen, heading to the International House to play basketball is what I remember most upon hearing of Dr. King death. I lived down the block from Riverside Church, and even when to Sunday School there. What I remember most about Sunday School was the discussion of Billy Joe Mcallister, and listening to the song “Ode to Billy Joe”. Sports was an escape, life was becoming beyond understanding it (especially emotionally), and the heroin imported from Vietnam was coming to Harlem. The (NYC) police department was already selling a water down version of this drug, because lots of money could be made with a code of silence. Our animal Self seems to win out or dominate us, especially when wounded, and from the cave to the mountain top was quite the victory. Its seems to be implicitly implied that it was more than just a single shooter, but yet another well planned government take down. Of just not only one individual, but its people as well, because it started with President Lincoln.

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