Special Focus: The Astrology of 2017

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Special Focus: The Astrology of 2017

In tonight’s edition, I look first at the Capricorn New Moon (which happens Thursday). This takes place conjunct Mercury, which is about halfway through its retrograde, and sextile Mars. Mars is applying to a conjunction with Neptune on New Year’s Eve. Be the designated driver! I then give you a preview of the astrology of 2017, looking out as far as 2020.

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Eric has begun writing the 2017 Planet Waves annual edition, The Book of Your Life. This 12-sign reading will be a thorough and useful guide, steering you through 2017 and beyond. You may now choose your individual signs here.


If you’re a Capricorn, your 2017 Birthday Reading is also available for pre-order. Unlock the potential your year ahead has in store with Eric’s guidance.


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Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance.

Dear Friend and Listener:

In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here], I look first at the Capricorn New Moon (which happens Thursday). This takes place conjunct Mercury, which is about halfway through its retrograde, and sextile Mars. Mars is applying to a conjunction with Neptune on New Year’s Eve. Be the designated driver!

I then give you a preview of the astrology of 2017, looking out as far as 2020. This includes the continuation of the Uranus-Eris conjunction, plus Venus retrograde in Aries and Pisces in the spring. There are also several events taking place in the late degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces, the major one being Chiron square Pholus.

I extend the reading out to the concentration coming in Capricorn from 2018 through 2020, for which we are now all in a phase of preparation.

My musical guest is Dead Can Dance, a versatile and talented band I’ve been looking forward to featuring. I select tracks from their 1987 album Within the Realm of a Dying Sun [Amazon | iTunes].

Planet Waves FM is part of the Pacifica Radio Network and produced by our nonprofit cousin, Chiron Return, Inc. We are sponsored by your memberships and reading purchases. If you’re not already a member, or if your membership has lapsed, please do sign on up.

Thank you for tuning in, and I’ll see you Saturday night (see below).

With love,

Programming Notes — On New Year’s Eve (this coming Saturday evening), please tune in for Eric’s year-end Planet Waves FM. And one week from today, he will have his long-awaited special on J.R.R. Tolkien, featuring Eric’s interpretation of the author’s chart and readings of his work by the British master of the stage, Martin Shaw.

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 Ellis Marshall McLuhan. Music Director: Daniel Sternstein. Additional Research, Writing and Opinions: Amy Jacobs, Cindy Ragusa and Carol van Strum.

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Pre-order 2017 Reading: All 12 Signs | Individual Signs


A Note From Your Astrologer

Dear Planet Waves Reader:

How are you doing there?

I know we’re all feeling the pressure and the stress of uncertainty. What you’re feeling is not coming from the news alone. The same cosmic forces, or perhaps timing factors, are acting on everyone and everything. This is not an easy time to keep your head together.

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iMac selfie in my creative shop, Blue Studio.

It is, however, a deeply important time to keep your heart open and live from your soul.

I’m feeling the pressure in my own way, as someone who not only writes about politics but who translates and clarifies the news, with the assignment of taking it above the level of despair. Because I work for you, I don’t have the luxury of denial.

Just about everyone has reached the saturation point with politics, especially in its current wholly toxic state.

The feeling of being violently pulled from your inner reality has been agonizing. The confrontation with shadow has been extremely challenging. Admitting that, we’re all sitting here watching the world, wondering what’s going to happen. And we all have lives to lead: things we want to do, growth to attend to, people to take care of.

The world may be going insane, though you don’t have to.

It’s taken me a while to work through the pain of the election process and what it means. Gradually I’ve gathered my energy, done some deep healing and focused my mind on your 2017 reading, called The Book of Your Life.

As I go deeper into the astrology, it’s truly been a relief to focus on personal matters, filtering out the madness of the world. The transits we’re experiencing are rich. On one level, we’re being pelted with total chaos in the form of Uranus conjunct Eris. We are learning how to breathe and find ourselves at the bottom of the digital ocean.

Read more…

Capricorn Birthdays 2017:
What’s Next In Your Spiritual Awakening, Capricorn?

“You may find yourself having a spiritual awakening that is deeper than any prior ones. The difference is what you might think of as existential rather than a curiosity or luxury.”

— Eric Francis in the 2016 annual Vision Quest reading for Capricorn

Dear Friend and Reader:

As one who cares deeply and puts that caring to work, chances are good that any “spiritual awakening” you’ve experienced this year has felt downright necessary. Also necessary is taking the time for some deep reflection: a chance to connect the dots between this past year and whatever may unfold in the next 12 months.

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With Mercury currently retrograde in your sign and the Capricorn New Moon on Dec. 29, this is a prime moment for such reflection.

Begin by reviewing last year’s Capricorn reading, as a gift from Planet Waves. This will help you trace your personal steps through what has been an unusual year, checking Eric’s accuracy along the way.

Next, pre-order your 2017 Capricorn Birthday Reading here.

Last year’s reading will give you an even more solid foundation for when Eric completes the two segments of audio astrology — plus a tarot reading — that make up this year’s birthday reading. Note that your birthday reading and the upcoming annual edition will offer two very distinct views on your relationships, spiritual growth and healing, career, creativity and more — and they come in two very different formats.

“I am astounded by your passion and talent. You have a gift. Thank you for sharing it with me. It has been a tremendous help to me over these last few years of very difficult decisions and changes.”

— Debra MacFarlane, on last year’s Capricorn Birthday reading

For the discounted price of only $19.97, you can pre-order your Capricorn Birthday Reading today.

Please note that the price will increase as publication of this reading nears, and will increase again when it’s fully published.

Wishing you a birthday season full of insight, inspiration and a sense of purpose.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

P.S. This reading is designed to work for Capricorn Sun, Moon and rising, and makes a thoughtful gift.

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This Week on Planet Waves

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About All This Anger and Control Drama

In an addendum to Thursday’s full edition, Eric wrote this heartfelt letter about the suppressed rage that seems to be pervading our culture and choices. The anger has been building for a while, and people are feeling helpless. Eric has several ideas for how we can empower and heal ourselves, and one another.

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Return to the Great Mystery

“I agree with your analysis and thoughts about what is fueling the social rupturing we are seeing today. There is a deep underlying pattern that I have seen that holds true for most of humanity’s experiments in social living, at least as we know of it.” Reader Sally responds to Eric’s letter about anger above.

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In Search of Pluto

The United States is approaching its Pluto return — the end of a 250-year cycle. In this week’s full edition, Eric ponders what we might have in store and examines the previous Pluto transits (squares and oppositions to the U.S. natal position). What he finds is revealing, to say the least.

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Astrological Gifts

‘Twas the day after solstice, and all through the sky, the planets were stirring — though heaven knows why… Amanda Painter takes a look at the recent holiday weekend astrology. Even if you do not celebrate a holiday this time of year, there are still certain gifts available to give and receive.

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Initiating Maturation

The last New Moon of 2016 will take place on Thursday in Capricorn, and will correspond with an opposition from Jupiter to Uranus. As Len Wallick interprets the correlation, the Sun and Moon are both letting you know where you are, and giving you a head start on completing what you started six years ago.

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The Advantages of Uncertainty

The approaching New Year commences under the auspices of a Capricorn New Moon, which takes place Thursday morning conjunct Mercury and sextile Mars in Pisces. Amy Elliott suggests this indicates change and possible uncertainty; yet adaptability to change and questioning is the essence of evolution.

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Democracy Now! Pick of the Week

Donald Trump raised the prospect of a new global arms race on Thursday, suggesting he would increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Trump’s tweet read, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

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The Swing Voter Memory Hole

Cartoonist Jen Sorensen illustrates how when voters’ memories fade, the pendulum swings to the extreme.

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Pundits on Russia (please, no…)

When the usual pundits have nothing to say, Matt Bors’ imaginary TV news anchor turns to a rather disturbing new figure.

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4 thoughts on “Special Focus: The Astrology of 2017

  1. Glen Young

    Isn’t it amazing how our Aquarius rising President can respond on the day of the Uranus stations Direct, to the hacking of the US election. Also, on the day after it traditionally thought during a Mercury retrograde to take action, when that transaction absolutely cannot be delayed until Mercury stations direct (Four Wind Report Dec 28).

  2. Sue Edwards

    I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and admire your insight. My only comment would be to share that maybe the consistency that a lot of us are missing is truly a cause for celebration? Since for me, I have been steadily observing how our illusions have been collapsing ever since the late 1980’s. Maybe what we’re used to is consistently being attached to our illusions?

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