Dear Friend and Listener:
Who was Robert M. Pirsig? Tonight’s Planet Waves FM [play episode here] offers an interview (republished from NPR more than 43 years ago) with the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, who died Monday in Maine. [We have found the whole book on PDF here.]
This book was to the 1970s what On The Road was to the 1950s and 1960s, only it’s the square version: about the teaching of writing, and the healing of mental illness.
Before I go there, I explore the current astrology and the Taurus New Moon, including a look at Mars square Nessus and some of its implications; Venus in the last degrees of Pisces; and Mercury stationing direct conjunct Uranus-Eris.
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Eroticism: The Cosmic Mirror
A New Astrology Class with Eric Francis Coppolino, Saturday, May 6 at 9 am PDT, noon EDT, 5 pm BST, 6 pm CEDT.
Dear Friend of Planet Waves:
It’s time for a real astrology class about sexuality. While this is one of the most beautiful and persistent themes of life, astrology tends to stand back from an honest discussion of the many relevant topics involved. That class is called Eroticism: The Cosmic Mirror.
I’ve intentionally chosen to hold this class during Beltane, when the energy of connection — Hieros Gamos — is the most potent of any time during the year.
To this class, I will bring everything I’ve learned from both tantric study and careful, thoughtful exploration of astrology; and my work with many clients who have brought their most intimate personal realities to me over the years.
We’ll begin with some ideas from the houses: a review of three main kinds of eroticism. The 5th house is the playful, risky sex that young people have, or sex on the art studio couch. The 8th house is sex associated with deep need, bonding, duty and financial connection. The 12th house is where all borders and definitions are lost, and where we enter the hotter-than-hot territory of taboo.
From there, we’ll study chart examples of famous people (such as Henry Miller and Anais Nin) to warm up. And in the second half of the class, we’ll work with live people who are willing to offer their libido to the enlightenment of my fellow astrology students.
There’s never been another astrology class like this. You will love it, and find tools to help you understand your own inner sexual life, understand partners better, and even help your kids come to terms with their sexuality: the privilege of being a parent.
If you’re a prior student, or a Core member, you’ll get a special discount. If you’re a Backstage Pass holder, we’ll email you soon.
Thank you for your interest in my work and for trusting me as your astrology teacher.
This Week on Planet Waves
This week we reach turning points in Mercury retrograde, the recent Venus retrograde and Saturn square Chiron. In this week’s Astrology Diary, Eric discusses the current movements of Venus; then Mercury; then he comments about the Saturn-Chiron square, exact Sunday, April 30, with the intensity focused all week.
Thursday’s full Planet Waves edition celebrated Earth Day. Begun on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is now estimated to draw at least a billion people to its various events. It’s been instrumental in bringing about environmental protection legislation. We republished two recent articles on its history and impact.
Recent astrology seems to have had a “push/pull” or “hurry up and wait” feel. With the Sun, retrograde Mercury and Mars all having changed signs within three days, Amanda Painter suggests you may find that it pays to move slowly, consciously and with as much awareness of your impulses as possible.
It’s plain to see how the Sun mediates Earth’s seasons. Less evident, but no less real, is your physical connection with the Moon. As Len Wallick writes, your best understanding of tomorrow’s New Moon will come not from astrology, but from a few minutes appreciating and being fully present in your body.
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of scientists and science supporters took to the streets around the world in a global March for Science on Earth Day. More than 600 marches and rallies took place, with one on every continent, including on Antarctica. Massive marches occurred from coast to coast in the U.S.
As the trade deficit makes the news again, Jen Sorensen looks back at its recent history. (Warning: may contain sarcasm.)
The Alabama senate voted to allow a megachurch to create its own police force. Matt Bors imagines how that works.