Of Nuclear Bombs and Reasoning

Posted by Eric Francis

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Yesterday, I was poking around the pages of The Onion, when I found this article: Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks. It featured a photo of two scholarly-looking pundits, and began: “WASHINGTON — A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had ‘entirely fabricated’ ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization.”

Dear Friend and Reader:

Yesterday, I was poking around the pages of The Onion, when I found this article: Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks. It featured a photo of two scholarly-looking pundits, and began:

“WASHINGTON — A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had ‘entirely fabricated’ ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization.”

The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David (1787).

Without wasting a single moment, I posted this to Facebook. Andrew McLuhan, our resident media theorist, responded quickly: “I dunno…a little too on the nose to be funny?”

The article continued:

“The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge ‘Greek’ documents and artifacts.”

I thought it was so funny because it was kind of true: history is largely a fictional contrivance. Who really knows what was going on in 500 BC? Who told the current historians? Other historians! Who told them? Other historians! Who the heck knows what was really going on? It sounds like “turtles all the way down.”

Western civilization was, it would seem upon careful reflection, potentially built on a hot kind of intellectual pursuit for which the ancient Greeks (assuming they actually existed) deserve credit. The impact of the Greek alphabet was to give us the kind of reasoning ability that you can only do with printed phonetic text, born from a state of mind that is created by the brain being trained to make sense out of phonetic (meaning, otherwise meaningless) letters. In a word, this is an abstract process. Reasoning is an abstraction. But we depend on it.

Then Andrew added, “I mean, electricity has basically undone all that in less than 150 years.”

If you take a little time and study the work of Andrew’s grandfather Marshall McLuhan, it’s easy to follow that the advent of electric media, starting with the telegraph, and then electric light, and then the telephone, and the radio, the television, and the internet, have done two primary things.

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Electric media starts with the telegraph, which moves data at the speed of light. That is confusing.

One is they have all but blotted out the sense of individual inner awareness that print media foster in a person. Electric media turns people into tribal beings: humanity, the flash mob.

These technologies, and the mindset they engender, externalize things like memory and perception. Your computer ‘remembers’ things that you don’t, which everyone else can remember too. For example, my computer remembered that Onion article about ancient Greece not existing, which is from 2010.

Second, electric media from the telegraph forward have, cumulatively, done a number on our ability to reason. To reason means to think, for yourself, in logical steps, in such a way that another person can follow. Electric media obviate the reasoning process, and basically serve as little more than overwhelming input that pushes buttons. If you are in any way informed, it’s at the cost of having your nerves lightly toasted, your buttons pushed and your emotions manipulated. How else would someone buy a car thinking it will come with a wife?

I’m not in the business of making people worry, but you should indeed be worried about this. Any problem the world faces will require the ability to reason, if we want to solve it. We will need to reason collectively, which you can think of as respecting one another and tapping into a level that can correctly be called spiritual. Yet right now, we don’t have much of that. The ability to think in logical steps has become a special skill, like playing the violin or flying an airplane.

Of Button Pushing, Hellfire and Brimstone

On Tuesday at 3:26 pm, a day after a lunar eclipse, leading into a rather significant total solar eclipse, Donald Trump gave what’s being billed as a sua sponte (spontaneous) riff on how he would nuke North Korea if it kept mouthing off about its newfound ability to put nuclear warheads on missiles and shoot them at places like Guam or Chicago.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Given that the discussion is about nukes, he could only mean one thing. Remember: Trump has openly pondered why we don’t use our nuclear arsenal; after all, we have it.

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Many, many people were concerned about allowing Trump the nuclear codes, but that’s a concern based on reasoning. If you cannot reason, then it does not matter. You might think it’s a fine idea that a psychotic person can blow up the world.

We’re only 200 days into the Trump administration. Everyone is wondering the same thing: is this going to happen? Why are we even talking about this? For me, this was always the issue with Trump. His misogyny and piggish elitism were always secondary to his control of the nuclear arsenal.

For the next two days, Trump’s various generals, lawyers and spokespeople walked back his comment, or tried to be reassuring. For example, Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state and ambassador to the oil companies, told Americans that they should “sleep well at night.”
I’m sure everyone finds that reassuring. We don’t have enough to worry about without the president threatening to bomb a nuclear-capable country, which can retaliate by bombing South Korea or Tokyo or whatever. Don’t worry. Be happy.

Then on Thursday, Trump doubled down on his stupidity (that’s what you do these days — when someone says or does something stupid, the reflex is to do it again). “Frankly the people that were questioning that statement, was it too tough, maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” he told reporters. “They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, many years. It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”

Remember that, here in our world-beyond-reason. In our world of teenagers with raging authority issues and access to crazy levels of military power, many individual people are empowered to destroy civilization as we know it. What would Socrates think?

Speaking of the ancient Greeks, I went to one of their reasoning methods in which I am proficient looking for information. That would be astrology. Because astrology involves thought, I knew there were two charts that I needed to check: the event itself, that is, Trump’s comment; and a chart called the Nuclear Axis, or the first self-sustaining atomic reaction, which was set up in a lab under a football stadium during the development of the nuclear bomb.

Let’s take the two charts in order; they are related.

Moon Void in Aquarius — Sort Of

Trump made his comment on Tuesday at 3:26 pm, in Bedminster, NJ, where he’s taking a little time out from Washington. There are some quick methods for checking whether the event of such a chart is solid. In this case, did he mean it?

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Chart for Trump’s comments has the Moon done making new aspects while in Aquarius, and mutable signs on the angles. That does not point to a truthful or impactful statement. However, the Moon at 28+ degrees of Aquarius connects to the Nuclear Axis chart — so the issue is up for discussion.

In the chart for someone saying something, the first thing to check is Mercury. And Mercury is in an interesting position: high in the chart, exactly conjunct Vesta, about to station retrograde. That does not match the flip language of Trump or Kim Jong-un, the Korean boy-emperor. It describes the necessity for a serious conversation. We will need to do the Vesta thing and make space for that.

Second, you check the Moon. What aspects is the Moon making? What did it do last and what does it do next? What does it do last?

In this chart, the Moon is making a sextile (60-degree meeting) to Uranus; both are in the next-to-last degree of their signs. The aspect to Uranus makes sense: apparently what he said was out of the blue, with various handlers and advisors saying it took them by surprise.

The Moon, however, makes no more aspects to major points while it’s in Aquarius. So this particular statement, while alarming, has the approximate value of a foul ball. It sounded like something, everyone turned their heads, and then some kid in the bleachers caught the ball. The Moon’s degree, though, is interesting: 28+ Aquarius. That’s interesting because it’s the South Node of the Nuclear Axis chart, like Trump was somehow channeling that chart.

One last: reading the event chart for Trump’s statement, all the angles are mutable. Sagittarius is rising, and Virgo is on the midheaven; in a horary or event chart, mutable angles say “this is not really solid.” This would be especially true if there are not many planets close to the angles, which is the case in this chart.

So, my conclusion is that, based on two specific factors, this particular comment was hollow. However, it does indeed have significance that he can make the statement, and it has meaning based on the fact that he can act on it. We’re just in this odd position now of hoping that the leaders of the military can keep us safe from the commander-in-chief of the military.

The Nuclear Axis Chart

When someone threatens nuclear war, that’s a good time to check something called the Nuclear Axis chart. You can read the history of that chart here. If you do, you’ll see there is some controversy over the time zone used for the event. For reasons I’ll get into another time (involving Chiron and two other centaurs), I am using the original data.

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This is the chart for the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction, in Enrico Fermi’s lab under the football stadium at the University of Chicago. The “axis” part of the nuclear axis spans across the mutable signs Gemini (to the lower left) and Sagittarius (to the upper right). There’s another sensitive spot: the Moon-Neptune conjunction on the lower right. That comes back into play when Saturn ingresses Capricorn later this year. It may represent dumping all that radioactive waste into the Pacific; we will see the timing of that extinction-inducing decision, if we ever know.

The Nuclear Axis (sometimes called the ‘atom split’ chart) has been a dependable indicator of nuclear issues. The most dependable indicator of whether that chart is active is Saturn, which has indeed been a factor. The chart has the Sun, Mercury, Juno and Venus in Sagittarius, and Saturn has been conjunct them all. There is a real problem, somewhere. However, Saturn is not making any major transits to the Nuclear Axis chart now.

Neptune is much more active, though that’s an influence that sends things invisible.

Neptune in Pisces has been making squares to all those planets — and to Saturn and Uranus in the nuke chart. This indicates that the problem is hidden from view; we may be talking about North Korea, and we are definitely talking about Fukushima, which is a slow-motion atomic blast gradually contaminating the Pacific Ocean and all its creatures with various types of radiation.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, or TEPCO, plans to dump 777,000 tons of tritium-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, which means into all of the oceans. Tritium (a form of radioactive hydrogen) is just fine, unless you ingest it; then it’s kind of deadly.

This has all been going on below the level of the news, and behind our backs. TEPCO is one of the most corrupt organizations on Earth. I would much rather have the Mafia in charge of the Fukushima cleanup.

So, nuclear issues are afoot. However, the timing is later in the year, when Saturn enters Capricorn and makes new aspects in the nuke chart. In particular, Saturn makes a square to the nuke chart’s Moon-Neptune conjunction. This looks like an invitation to come out of denial on the nuclear issue.

For other reasons, the issue seems to have arrived for a while, recalling the old karma of the atomic bomb and its child, nuclear power. Neither the issue nor the radiation are going away.

Denial is the most important drug of our era. There’s so much to worry about, it would seem that the only way to cope is by using denial. However, where we’re living is the moment when all of our denial is coming due, pretty much all at once.

Eventually, we will need to stop pretending. However, it’s not encouraging that so many people feel like they have to keep that game going as long as possible. It’s just not making anything any easier. Denial is like getting drunk and thinking you’re the Buddha.

That’s about where we are today.

With love,

– Additional research: Amy Elliott, Cindy Tice Ragusa.


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We’ve just published In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis. The video readings for all 12 signs cover the Great American Eclipse of Aug. 21 and well beyond. We’ll be increasing the price again soon, so don’t hesitate to order your copy here, or choose your individual signs here.

I’ve been a devoted student of eclipses since beginning astrology. Here’s some of my earlier writing, published before the grand cross and total solar eclipse of Aug. 11, 1999. These few paragraphs below will give you a feeling for just how significant eclipses are. This one is one of the most important in American history, which I’ve covered here.

Eclipses are astrology we can’t deny. If there is a conjunction between Saturn and Uranus, it’s invisible, and while many people may experience changes, only astrologers and their merry bands of readers and students know what’s happening. Yet when the Sun vanishes, you can be sure that normal activity will come to a stop.

Our busy world will pause, and everyone, from herbicide activists nestled in the hills of Oregon to rock stars in Nashville, will stand in the silent shadow of the cosmic order with the astonishment of small children coursing in their hearts.

This doesn’t happen often, and you can imagine the awesome power of so many people embraced in a kind of simultaneous, captive meditation as everything around them momentarily ceases to be normal. Call it a reality lapse, only it’s one into which the real reality can flow very easily.

In terms of their astrological meaning, eclipses of the Sun follow this image of collective awareness and radical break of continuity. Whether you can see the eclipse does not matter; part of the miracle of astrology is it works anyway. As many of us are discovering personally, eclipses are expanded moments of often uncontrollable, unpredictable change. They also bring the civilization and its communities together, usually through important collective events and the media.

Eclipses are evolutionary gateways, which is another way of saying that when they show up, we do a lot of growing in a short time. Delays are compensated. Old accounts can be wiped clean. While each is unique, eclipses often feel like being shot through a funnel of space-time, and we emerge somewhere different than where we entered. The key to making the best use of them is to move with the energy, not cling to anything or anyone too tightly, and to stay open.

Literally, breathe, communicate, feel, love, observe and receive. Remember your intentions. The sense of panic that sometimes accompanies them yields nicely to awareness and revelation, mental conditions that are more natural than we often realize.

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Navigating Mercury Retrograde Between Eclipses

By Amanda Painter

Even if Monday’s partial lunar eclipse was barely a blip on your radar, it’s possible that Mercury is starting to get your attention. And if the eclipse felt pretty gnarly for you, chances are Mercury was upping the ante. On Saturday, Mercury stations retrograde in Virgo at 9:00 pm EDT (1:00 UTC Sunday).

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Sure, the road looks straight enough from here… Photo of a street in OldSan Juan, Puerto Rico, by Amanda Painter.

If you have not already begun battening down the hatches of your digital tools, communication habits, financial transactions, travel protocols and general ability to focus mentally, you’ll want to get on that.

We’re in the ‘storm phase’ — the couple days on either side of a planetary station. Mercury is slow and powerful, and it’s in a sign that it rules — so you’ll want to mind your mind.

Virgo is certainly an earthier home for Mercury than Gemini is, but it’s not immune to things like over-focusing on certain details and thereby missing other puzzle pieces; or changing plans so many times that chaos, rather than clear and efficient implementation, is the initial result.

Yet, while that might give you a general sense of what to watch for, the chart for Mercury stationing retrograde brings out more nuanced themes.

Mercury is currently making a trine to asteroid Pallas in Taurus, and a conjunction to Vesta in Virgo. On one level, this would seem to bring out the idea of enacted service (Vesta in Virgo) as supported by common sense and the physical environment (Pallas in Taurus). Notice if you find yourself reflecting on the ways you’ve served causes greater than yourself in the past.

On the other hand, in Eric’s Planet Waves FM broadcast this week, he gets into the “unusual relationship” facet of Vesta: that people with Vesta conjunct a major planet or chart angle often experience intimate relationships that do not follow the culturally sanctioned model of marriage, a house and 2.5 children. For example, their relationships might center more on holding space for the sexual transformation of others.

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Screen shot of the CBC interactive eclipse animation; the red dot is the location of Vancouver, British Colombia; the time and exact coverage percentage would be located below this image on the website.

To See or Not To See? That Is the Eclipse Question.

By Amanda Painter

If you’re not fortunate enough to live in or be able to travel to one of the U.S. communities that lie in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse, you can get some sense of what it might look like thanks to interactive animations online. The first to cross my path came from TIME magazine.

In it, you type in the U.S. zip code for where you live (or for any city you might be curious about — the U.S. Postal Service has a handy postal code lookup tool; just enter the city and state). Once you do, an image of the Moon slowly crosses an image of the Sun, as a slider at the top tracks the estimated time on either side of the eclipse’s peak.

The accompanying article notes that the animators took a little artistic license. For example, in real life, you would not be able to see the Moon approaching (due to the glare of the Sun); nor would you be able to see the Moon’s craters. They’ve also exaggerated how much the sky darkens in areas that will only witness a partial eclipse.

Although Canada is out of the path of totality, the CBC put together its own factoid-filled interactive page. As you scroll down, an image of the Moon high above the Earth throws its shadow onto North America with accompanying info. Near the bottom, you can select from a list of Canadian cities and then drag concentric circles of shadow across a map to see what percentage of the Sun will be covered at various times.

The CBC has also included some words about safety, including websites with information about proper eyewear and lists of reputable manufacturers. (Note: if you have not already procured your certified-safe eyewear, you may be out of luck, as many companies are sold out. However, you can still plan to view the event indirectly, such as with a homemade pinhole camera.)

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The Doors circa 1970 — left to right, Jim, Ray, John and Robbie. Not shown is Jerry Scheff, who plays bass throughout LA Woman (and who was the bass player for Elvis Presley at the time, and who later worked with Elvis Costello. Go figure).

This week on Planet Waves FM
The Eclipses, Slutty Sunday and The Doors

Dear Friend and Listener:

This week’s Planet Waves FM [play episode here] visits the astrology between the eclipses, which includes Mercury stationing retrograde, and many aspects involving asteroid goddesses (especially Mercury conjunct Vesta). We visit the Slutty Sunday party at Oasis in midtown Manhattan, and hear from The Doors — B-sides from LA Woman.

The midyear reading is done and it is beautiful. You may order all 12 signs here, or single-serving signs here.

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August Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscopes for August were published on Thursday, July 27.
We published your extended monthly horoscopes for July on Thursday, June 22. Your extended monthly horoscopes for June were published on Thursday, May 25. Note, the August horoscope is based on the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21. This is the one to clip and save for posterity.

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Your Weekly Horoscope for August 7-13, 2017, #1162 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Most people will do nearly anything to be part of a group, which leads to some dangerous possibilities. Many of them are psychological and spiritual, though it’s clear that people will do things as part of a group that they would never do as individuals. The time has come to stand apart from certain people in your life, and the things that they do. You are well beyond the point of needing either conformity or approval from your peers when you express your personal intentions and desires. What you want to do would indeed be curtailed or hemmed in by seeking approval, whether you seek different forms of relationships, expressing yourself as an artist, or doing what feels right as a lover. If you want to get out of the habit of looking for validation, today’s eclipse will be a boon. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.

Taurus

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You may have some experiences this week that will help you see through a group dynamic that’s taken shape in your life. Any activity that involves what feels like a ‘family’ will help you clarify your early experiences and how they have shaped you as an adult. The moment you’re aware of the connections, you will be on top of whatever game is implicated, and you may make a discovery that will serve you for a lifetime. Remember that when people get involved in groups, they tend to subjugate their individuality, and as a result do things they would never otherwise do. If you spot this tendency in yourself, that’s the time to raise your awareness and to start making decisions. There may be considerable pressure to do what’s not right for you, though this is nothing compared to the rewards of living with integrity. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Gemini

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — If you say less, you will be saying more. It’s your natural tendency to give the longer version of the story, and to provide the background information too. This is especially true with the Sun and Mars in your house of communicating. However, your ruling planet Mercury is slowing down, and you would be well advised to focus your message and to say only what is necessary. This way, you’ll have greater impact. If you must say a lot, put it in writing, and don’t publish it right away. Spoken words have a tendency to disappear, which gives them relatively little impact. The written word is an enduring thing, though this would rightly be in some form other than tweets or other social media posts. You do indeed have something to say, and you deserve the opportunity to make it count. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Cancer

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Venus in your sign is inviting you to immerse yourself in the best that life has to offer. We’re in the season of eclipses — a lunar eclipse occurs today, and a solar eclipse is coming soon. Eclipses help you break old habits and establish new ones. That’s an invitation to spend your time doing as much of what you love as you can. Do the things you rarely seem to have time for, but which you know nourish you. Speaking of nourishment, any habits around food that you cultivate now have a much greater chance of becoming established. One message coming from your solar chart is to eat as many meals at home as you can. This will save you money, reduce your intake of unwholesome ingredients, and help ground you in your home — which for one born under your sign is essential. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.

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To the Leo Eclipse and Beyond!

In just over two weeks, on Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse in Leo signals the second stage of whatever life-shifting process you’re engaged with.

This is a unique year for you, Leo. In addition to the current eclipses (and the double New Moons in your sign), Eric plans to discuss in your upcoming reading such astrological heavyweights as Chiron finishing up its journey through your 8th house; ever-surprising Uranus; and Saturn leaving your fellow fire sign, Sagittarius — plus more.

Are you navigating changes in your relationships or family paradigm? Do you find yourself at a career crossroads? Are you seeking clarity, encouragement and new perspectives on your creativity, self-esteem, sexuality or healing process? You’ll find ideas and reassurance in this reading.

“I have just listened to your Part 1 and Part 2 readings and I am amazed at how accurate it has been. Like you have a telescope watching me shed a skin and transform into a totally changed person in the last 10 years.”

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Your reading is now priced at $44; so you’ll want to pre-order your 2017 Leo Reading very soondefinitely before it publishes, when the price is set to increase again. This reading is designed to work for anyone with Leo Sun, Leo rising and even Leo Moon — and makes an amazing gift.

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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Monday there is an eclipse of the Moon in the angle of your chart that describes your relationships, and the environment that surrounds you. Suddenly it seems that environment is changing in significant ways. Mostly this will come in the form of letting go of old friends and getting some new ones. It’s essential to go through this every once in a while, especially if your goals, your sense of purpose, or your idea of who you are becoming are changing. Essentially, you need friends who are not threatened by your willingness to change and grow. There’s no way to overstate this necessity. You are indeed evolving rapidly; and having people around you who in some way object or are made nervous by that fact is a perfect way to thwart your own progress. If someone really cares about you, they will honor your need to grow. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The first astrology segment of your 2017-18 Leo Birthday Reading by Eric is now published. This is a seminal year for Leo Sun, rising and Moon, especially with the upcoming powerful solar eclipse in your sign. Make this dynamic energy work for you — order your reading today.
Virgo

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — This is an interesting week in the history of Virgo. Mercury, your ruling planet, is about to station retrograde in your sign. This happens Saturday, Aug. 12, though the effect will be full strength through the week. What’s so original is that Mercury is making a long conjunction to Vesta, a beautiful and complex asteroid whose themes of service and devotion relate to your sign. Two themes emerge: one is about holding space for the right thing to happen. You don’t have to make it happen; your role will be to facilitate. This may mean serving as a translator in a moment of sensitive communications at a time of confusion and misunderstanding. Without taking sides, serve the role of keeping the channels open and clear. Second, there’s something personal here about how your relationships happen. One keynote of Vesta is unusual relationship patterns. Most of the seemingly normal things that people do are not really for you; and if you can accept that fact, you get to experience your own distinct and unique form of beauty in love and bonding. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Libra

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — It’s been a while since anyone figured out that feeding the people is a key to bonding, cooperation and respect. That’s what your charts are about this week. Venus, the Libra planet, is crossing your 10th house of responsibility and authority, which for you is the sign Cancer. You are a caregiver in any leadership role, though particularly this week — with Venus conjunct Ceres, the goddess of food — you must look after your flock. Figure out a way to actually provide food for the people you work with, whether your colleagues or those who report to you. Bring food, order some in, or take people out to a meal — whatever works for you, as long as you’re the one who is doing the nurturing. With food comes a conversation, and with Mercury in such interesting form (see Virgo), there will be plenty to talk about. Focus on making the world a better place, starting here and now. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Scorpio

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Mars and the Sun continue to streak across the most visible area of your solar chart this week, while a lunar eclipse is about to happen in one of the most private areas. In old-school thinking, this is a reminder that you must balance devotion to your professional life and your personal life. I would offer another idea, which is that you must be the same person in private spaces as you are in public. You cannot divide your character, despite the popular perception that this is possible. You are one person, living one life. Your inner truth and your outer truth are one thing. Therefore, toss aside all excuse-making, and anything designed to enhance your image, and be absolutely sincere in all that you do. You will gain strength by revealing your vulnerabilities. And you will go deeper into this rarefied thing known as integrity, which is the very substance of life. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Sagittarius

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — This week, Mercury stations retrograde in the angle of your chart associated with accountability, responsibility and leadership. This is an indicator to take things slowly and in incremental steps. You need to be aware that you’re not working with full information, which is typical of the week that Mercury stations retrograde or direct. There’s always some key data that will be shaken out of the cosmos, and you need to pause major decisions until you have a grasp on what that is. You may feel like you’re acting in a sincere and noble way, only to discover you did the opposite of what was necessary. Take this approach through the whole Mercury retrograde — the really interesting information comes to light at the very end of the process, during the first week of September. It will be worth doing this, even if it seems inconvenient. Both your reputation and the common good are at stake. So: one calm, calculated day at a time. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Capricorn

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Belief is fragile, and it verges on useless. Why is that? Believing something tends to extinguish the quest for truth. What’s worse, most beliefs are of themselves not based on reality, on facts, or even on accurate perceptions. This week, Mercury stations retrograde in the angle of your chart associated with religion, spirituality and all processes of learning. You have Virgo in this angle, which describes your tendency to want the details before you offer your trust. That would be a wholesome approach to life this week. Let yourself ask the big questions. Don’t be in a hurry to have answers; let the mystery stand, and feel the strength that doing so gives you. Your quest through the Earthly plane of existence is driven by your questions, and it’s suspended by accepting false answers. A new phase of your quest begins this week. Be bold and stay hot on the trail…of whatever you may seek. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Aquarius

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Monday there’s an eclipse of the Moon in your sign. This may influence several facets of your life, though none more than your commitment to the work that you do. You are inspired to do good work because you care. You know that money is a relatively small influence for you, though you need to be mindful of cash flow. So make sure that you’re doing what you love to do, just in case you have to do a lot more of it. The other aspect of existence covered by this eclipse is your overall health and wellbeing. You simply must commit to this as a way of life. You must eat real food, drink pure water (coffee and soft drinks do not count) and get actual rest on a nightly basis. This is about longevity, and it’s also about efficiency. If you work yourself into exhaustion, your efficiency goes down; and if you’re well rested and prepared, it increases rather dramatically. You know all of this. Put it to good use. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Pisces

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — There’s a mysterious angle of every chart, called the 12th house. This is the zone of the chart that covers parallel realities, like dreams and experiences on drugs; it includes cinema and any form of illusion; and if we look to Vedic astrology (the kind practiced in India), the 12th covers “the pleasures of the bed.” Today there is an eclipse in this area of your chart, which will stir up your deepest desires, your fantasies, and maybe some psychological clutter that you’ll want to look at before you toss it in the dustbin. Fortunately, at the same time, Venus is moving through Cancer, which is encouraging you to take a physical and emotional approach to your desires, rather than just sending some saucy texts. Let yourself out of your container. Let yourself be the physical, sensuous, erotic person that you are. If you make yourself available to people you trust, everyone will benefit. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Planet Waves

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Your Planet Waves Horoscope for Aug. 11, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries

Aries (March 20-April 19) — The Moon in your sign today and tomorrow will lift you out of any mental or emotional bog that was holding you down. At a certain point you must leave your doubts behind, and now is an excellent time to do so. Stand your full height and recognize the gifts you offer to the world.

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Taurus

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — This will be an interesting weekend, though it’s unlikely to go according to Plan A. Make sure you know your bare minimum priorities to ensure you’re accomplishing what you need to, and focus on that first. Even this may be a challenge, though a little effort will go a long way.

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Gemini

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — If you’re well nourished, you’ll feel more abundant. Eating a snack before you go grocery shopping can save you lots of money; now you can apply that principle to the rest of your life. Make sure your basic necessities are fulfilled and you’ll feel like you have many more options in life.

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Cancer

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — You may have an opportunity to connect your professional aspirations to your talent to your income — a perfect situation. Yet you’ll need to take the steps. You must be the one who asserts your intentions and your willingness to do the job. Stand up and stand out; fortune favors the bold.

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Leo

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Today’s astrology will provide you with a whole new outlook, considerably more positive than what you’ve experienced the past few days. You need your independence, which involves recognizing that people really do have the ability to take care of themselves. You don’t have to do it all.

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Virgo

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — As a Virgo, you came to this planet to serve the Earth and serve humanity. There are those who would argue that there’s no such thing, and it’s left to charities way too often. You must stand up for what is right. There’s a reason you know the truth, and that’s to act on it.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Libra

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — People may be more forthcoming or assertive today and this weekend, which I suggest you welcome. Give others the space to be interested in you. You are interesting, you’re attractive and you take care of yourself; people notice you, which is indeed a reflection on you. It’s OK to say yes.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Scorpio

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — If you’ve recently been inspired by an idea, you’ll have plenty of energy to manifest it in some form. This might be a project of some sort, or a new approach to your work responsibilities. One role you play in life is to be the ‘inner child’ in a room full of adults.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Sagittarius

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — If a professional situation does not unfold according to plan during the next 48 hours, take a detached view of the situation. Whatever information comes out will provide you with the missing keys to a more productive approach. Only when you spot the glitch in the system can you fix it.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Capricorn

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Compassion is about honoring how other people feel. It would only be about you because you’re the one recognizing someone else’s situation. Keep an open heart with everyone. You’re not doing them any favors, really; you’re doing yourself the huge favor of being open and available to life.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Aquarius

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Mercury is about to station retrograde in the sector of your chart addressing shared finances, agreements and contracts. Something deserves a closer look, and you must take nothing for granted. The generous and noble side of your nature must yield to the fact-checker in you. Run the numbers carefully.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Pisces

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Notice that someone you may consider unavailable is likely to be open and willing. This is not exactly a hot romance, though it’s likely to be something better: an experience of true devotion, with all possibilities open, and without the clutter of attachment. You will recognize this person because they recognize you.

In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don’t miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.

8 thoughts on “Of Nuclear Bombs and Reasoning

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      Chantal Binet — it is not last week’s weekly horoscope; it is this week’s, which we originally published Sunday night, Aug. 7, and covers the whole week. I know that feels like a while ago, thanks to the eclipse! :) The next new weekly will publish this coming Sunday night.

      We’ve been using a reprint of the weekly horoscope (along with the next day’s daily horoscope) to fill the gap left from the short monthly horoscope that Eric used to write for Marie Claire. He still writes his long monthly horoscope, which publishes the first Thursday after the Sun enters a new sign. And in other weeks, on Thursday nights we have horoscopes by Len Wallick and Amy Elliott. Eric’s weekly horoscopes always publish (and are mailed out to members) on Sunday nights

    2. Ivannia Aguirre

      Yes! I’ve noticed this too. A few times these past weeks, horoscopes are being re-used; am I mistaken or has there just been a publishing schedule change I wasn’t aware of?

  1. Naomi

    History is not based on the stories that one historian tells another. Yes, in a classroom students are taught what the current accepted theories of history are. Yes, history is written by the victors. But it is not made up. It is based upon concrete evidence: ancient writings, artifacts, art, the entire culture of a people. A historical scholar studies this concrete evidence and interprets it. If his interpretation is accepted by a large contingent of other scholars, then it might make it into a school textbook. Until some other historian comes along with a different interpretation that gains acceptance.

    And the Greeks did not invent the alphabet.The Phoenicians did. The Greek alphabet is a variation of the Phoenician. The Roman alphabet is a variation of the Greek. This one I am typing in is the Roman.

    (Eric, I’m the one who wrote you a couple of years ago about having written my masters thesis on an Egyptian priest of Osiris who moved to Delos and started a temple and sect devoted to Serapis, a syncretic god of Osiris and Pluto combined. Meant to write you further, but got hit big time by an eclipse cycle that turned my entire life around. I am looking forward to this one being kinder and gentler.)

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