Sun in Aquarius, Leo Full Moon, Mercury Direct, and the Two Natal Charts of David Bowie

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Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM looks at a busy few days in astrology: the Sun ingressing Aquarius on Wednesday, the Leo Full Moon on Saturday and Mercury stationing direct Monday. I also respond to a reader letter, and compare the two charts of David Bowie.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here] looks at a busy few days in astrology: the Sun ingressing Aquarius on Wednesday, the Leo Full Moon on Saturday and Mercury stationing direct in Capricorn (conjunct Pluto) Monday.

Photo by Danielle Voirin.

In the second segment, I respond to a reader letter, which asks, in part, “You mention in the audio about living out loud and also about firing the publicist. In some ways, this seems contradictory to me. When I am living out loud, am I not putting myself out there in the open even more? Is there something deeper that you meant that I have not seen or understood?”

In the third segment, I compare the two charts of David Bowie [view charts side by side]. Last week I considered the Libra rising chart, with Neptune rising. This week I compare that to the official birth time, which gives Aquarius rising. This is a study in “when the wrong chart works.” I mention a book called The Moment of Astrology.

My musical guest is the Spanish Flamenco ensemble, Bebo & Cigala. As mentioned their work is easily available, and the whole album is astonishing. And you can get it for all of six cents.

I offer one other resource — the first 17 years of my annual readings — everything right up to Vision Quest, which is of course available for a modest fee.


Planet Waves This Week: More Treats than Tricks

Dear Friend and Reader:

The Sun is preparing to wrap up in Capricorn and enter Aquarius; Mercury is now less than a week from stationing direct; and Eric is in the thick of your audio readings for Vision Quest. Hopefully Mercury has been offering you insightful treats rather than frustrating tricks lately.

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” — Martin Luther King Jr.; photo by Danielle Voirin.

Speaking of treats, in addition to Eric’s Monday Astrology Diary covering the first part of this week, we also have your beloved columns by Judith Gayle, Sarah Taylor, guest-writer Christina Louise Dietrich and Len Wallick (with Amanda Moreno’s column appearing tomorrow) all on the Planet Waves website. I’ll be covering the late-week astrology on Thursday, as will Len on Friday.

I’ve also published the latest round of contributed articles to the Featured Articles page of Vision Quest. We’re up to 12 pieces there, representing a diversity of experiences along the theme of “vision quests.” These articles are open to all visitors, so feel free to share the links with your friends on social media. Here are the latest four I’ve added:

As the Eagle Cries, Sharon’s Journey Home: After two months spent in heart-wrenching limbo, her daughter Sharon in a coma, Carol Freeman and her husband travel to New Mexico to take part in Lakota ceremonies conducted by Chief Phil Crazy Bull — culminating in a solo Vision Quest, and a vision with an answer.

Longtime Planet Waves columnist Judith Gayle writes, “We ARE love, we ARE vision; but, playing the density game, we project that outside of ourselves so we can have an experience of it,” in Reflections on the Quest. She sees her entire life as a vision quest, complete with alchemical moments, a learning curve, and practicing non-attachment to what seems ‘real’.

Planet Waves tarot columnist Sarah Taylor describes the “tangible mystery” that has shaped her life irrevocably through a series of initiations, in Initiation, Surrender. Tarot. An homage. Sometimes these quests have come with clear instructions, other times they have asked for her blind faith. Yet underneath it all is a beautiful rhythm.

At the age of 13, Jennifer Hillman had a dream that lasted a month, like a TV mini-series. Years later, she realized the vision was unfolding in real life; her childhood imaginary friend turned out to be a real person; and the vision’s young woman was herself, learning many difficult lessons. But the vision is not over yet, as she recounts in Vision Quest: 30 Years Going.

I hope you’ll take some time to read these essays and the others that have been published; as always, you are invited to respond to the writers in the comments section on the Vision Quest site.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

10 thoughts on “Sun in Aquarius, Leo Full Moon, Mercury Direct, and the Two Natal Charts of David Bowie

    1. Amy Elliott

      Yep, the retrograde conjunction is exact 04:58 EST Jan 22, and the direct 00:58 EST Jan 30. The station is pretty much exactly one degree from Pluto. The chart would seem to underscore what you said about making the best of our lives while we have the chance, in the sense of recognising where we have increased or comparatively high power, and using it appropriately.

    2. Len WallickLen Wallick

      Eric: No big. Could have happened to any astrologer using the extemporaneous medium of a podcast. As implied by Amy, you got the drift either way. Also another reason for all of us to refer to Tracy’s aspectarian her website.

  1. M.

    So, this guy sings about thinking of his former love, “re-opening his wound” as he remembers. So, he says “I forgot that I’d forgotten about you (se me olvidó que te olvidé), I forgot that I left you far, so far away from my life”. It does sound a bit strange in English, but in Spanish as well “se me olvidó que the olvidé” is a kind of word play… Well, if not play, then at least a combination of words one doesn’t really put together very often.
    Lovely music, thanks Eric.

  2. Eric Francis Post author

    Hi all, me and a few colleagues are looking into the “new planet” thing and will have coverage in tonight’s Planet Waves. I would caution that this is all speculative.

    There is good data to back it up — but a planet has not been sighted, it has only been inferred. We are talking about very, very distant objects here (not nearly as far as the next star from us, which is 4.2+ light years) but still, we are talking 10,000 times the Earth-Sun distance.

    The theorized object (provisionally named Planet 9, NOT Planet X as indicated on this graphic) would presumably be the remnant core of a now-gone gas giant like Saturn or Jupiter.

    And note, Mike Brown, the Caltech physicist who got the headlines, says he loves astrologers but doesn’t believe in astrology — Mercury is very, very retrograde right now. That could point to “the truth comes out” or it could point to a misinterpretation of the data. We shall see what we shall see.

    Just to give a clue how new this field of science is, check out this article on the discovery of the first point beyond Pluto, just in 1992.

  3. P. SophiaP. Sophia

    “All things must pass..”  Yes, thanks Eric. Reinvention, growth really cannot be stopped, it just IS.. still the energy of moving away from, or resistance can make the journey more difficult.  Is your energy moving towards (acceptance) change (flow), or away (resistance) from it?  That is the question of every moment, every inter-action in your days.

    We really do have so much more to learn from our natural elements, cosmic, and animal world.  For some reason amongst humanity there are periods of stagnation,  it does not mean it is of less value. it just is. 

    This has been in general a period of mourning, more or less, overall.  Even exemplified outwardly in our social conciousness with these figurative, idolized deaths. We are evolving, its just the ‘addiction to the memory’ that currently keeps many ahold.  Even though we are aware of the light in varying degrees, the pattern of familiar is default, and what is necessarily recognized.  There’s still some great healing needed there.

  4. P. SophiaP. Sophia

    Wrote this last week for some friends, seems to fit here as well:

    Just as with the making of the Diamond, who’s to say, high pressure and heat of the earth are not the producers of love? A bud strives long and hard with its intention and the roots grow deep in conscious Co- Creation to become the flowering, and in its opening the rose in bloom.. A New Moon, first quarter, or that to the Full Moon are no less significant in offering it’s qualities or purpose in the process and in phase, nor to in awe behold. Disemenating is the time of harvesting, just as waneing is transformation which leads to the seeding time. Beauty and love can be recognized, and found in movement, and the deep moments of stillness as well. Even in it’s opposites, or cosmic squares ..are love.

  5. Alison BillingsAlison Billings

    As a side note –
    Thank you, Eric, for reminding me what a great movie Dead Poets Society was. I watched it again and loved it. Watching Robin Williams was so poignant this time around. And it got me to scrounge around for some old poetry books I had tucked away.
    Perfect rainy day activities. Thank you!

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