Venus, in Search of Chiron

The Sri Yantra, depicting the cosmic yoni from which all existence is birthed. The little white dot at the center is the seed, provided by the male principle; the rest of the universe is female.

Dear Friend and Reader:

Over the next few days, there are two developments with retrograde inner planets, and an exciting alignment between the Sun and the Uranus-Eris conjunction. This is a vibrant, passionate series of events, interweaving the energies of three contiguous signs: Pisces, Aries and Taurus.

Let’s look at the basic facts, then I’ll offer some philosophy. In summary, we’re at one of the juncture events defining the watershed of our era: the Sun and Earth lining up with Uranus-Eris at the beginning of their new cycle; one of the final crescendo moments of Chiron in Pisces; and the first Mercury retrograde of the nascent ‘new order’ of the Trump administration.

Fractal by Barbara Lane.

I recognize that most people are not wandering around mumbling to themselves about what an awesome, fascinating time this is to be alive. I think that most of us are grateful to get through the day in decent shape, hoping the new administration doesn’t wake up one morning and decide it’s a good day to nuke Denmark or North Korea. Anyone concerned about women ought to be very concerned right now.

Yet even in some mythical less-chaotic era, humans tend to be so invested in our mundane lives that we don’t notice how beautiful and unusual things are, which is another way of saying that we miss the potential of our moment.

Without hyping things too much, and recognizing that the human race is flirting with extinction, and currently having its time, its mind, its soul and its relationships sucked out through its portable telephones, I’m here to say pay attention. We may have a rare moment of claiming back some of what’s gone missing.

On Sunday evening, Mercury stations retrograde in early Taurus, which lasts until May 3, just before Beltane. The degree where Mercury is currently stationary-retrograde is one associated with leaving the past behind. In our most personal lives, we do arrive at those moments where we know the future has arrived, which may simply mean an interval of paying attention to the exact moment we’re in.

The current astrology describes this in metaphor, as a kind of mental edge. Taurus is a lot more intense than any astrology book I’ve ever read gives it credit for being. There’s a mental quality to this sign, which is now being accentuated by Mercury slow and powerful in this sign.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.

The retrograde that begins this weekend ends on May 3, with Mercury stationing direct in late Aries, splat in the middle of the Uranus-Eris conjunction.

We’ve been getting a lot of messages to pay attention to this rare event, the one that I’ve been associating with mass media and the digital ocean.

The last time Uranus and Eris formed a conjunction was on the Aries Point in 1927-1928: at the dawn of radio and television, and when a pineapple-sized version of the transistor was patented. At the beginning of the last Uranus-Eris cycle, everything we now live with was set into motion.
Ninety years later, we’re immersed at the bottom of the digital ocean, running around in a tizzy, devices clutched in our fists, with the approximate vibe of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Venus is also retrograde. That began with Venus in Aries on March 4, and ends in Pisces on April 15. We’re now at the peak of this transit, with Venus currently just two degrees away from Chiron in Pisces and getting closer. And that’s mostly what I want to consider with you today.

A Feminist Perspective

Venus usually clips through the zodiac, often faster than the Sun. Chiron is a slow-mover, currently transiting at about the speed of Uranus. So a typical Venus-Chiron aspect will last a day or two. We are now experiencing a conjunction where Venus and Chiron will be within one degree of one another for about two weeks, from April 9 through April 23. By most guidelines the conjunction really lasts much longer. What we have is the expression of Venus, in the most feminine sign, Pisces, meeting with Chiron, the master healer and initiator.

This seems to be emphasizing a message; in particular, about all things feminine and female, and raising those aspects of consciousness.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.

It’s no coincidence that this is happening in a time when all things female and feminine (including the Earth) are under assault, be it psychic, economic or physical. What comes to mind is the recent vindication of an avowed rapist by his ascension to the American presidency; and his politically expedient notions of destroying women’s health care, reproductive freedom and legal abortion, not to mention eliminating all government regulations that protect the Earth.

It’s easy and somewhat accurate to look back at the past 2,000 years of Christendom as one long war against the feminine aspect of consciousness, female autonomy and sex. What we’re witnessing today is a pathetic wannabe retro aspiration to the times when women were not considered owners of their own bodies, and did not even have names, which translates to being slaves.

Today, in an era when women can vote, have bank accounts, own real property, possess and use passports, publish in their own names, practice as attorneys and hold public office, we cannot exclusively blame men for this. It’s true that there exists an insidious culture of sexism and misogyny, though it’s perpetuated, supported and tolerated by both men and women.

I remain shocked that even one woman voted for a man who openly bragged about sexual assault, and who yesterday said he thinks that Bill O’Reilly of Fox News did nothing wrong.

When we talk about overcoming the patriarchy, it’s critical to remember that this is not just a thing in the world. It’s a thing that exists in our minds: as various expectations, as a perspective, as cellular memory and as a way of rearing both boys and girls that results in the problem as it has manifested over the centuries.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.

This was copiously documented by the existentialist philosopher and historian Simone de Beauvoir in what I consider to be the greatest work of feminist literature, The Second Sex.

The author notes that it’s principally other women who are responsible for initiating girls into accepting the world that men have created.

She does not let men off the hook, at all. She understands the problems of rape and of sexual repression of both of the sexes, at one point writing, “No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.” (We might note that fact, and figure out what to do about it, because it’s relatively easy to address, and it will help.)

But she also reminds us what most people know well: “Women’s mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason each is against the others.” And, “Without a doubt it is more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one’s liberation; the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living.”

And: “It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the limitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should reject them: the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.”

Escaping from Freedom

From a contemporary psychological perspective, it’s pretty easy to observe some of why this is. Yes, there is conditioning, though that comes as much from the pope and the priest as it does from the mother who wants her daughter to be baptized and otherwise indoctrinated into the church. It’s true that all the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism and Islam, have an issue with women. Christianity, though, essentially stole its cosmology from something called Manichaeism, with its dark and light philosophy — and women and sex ended up on what was considered the dark side.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.

The church is not merely against sex but is built on that idea as its foundation. And a great many mothers teach their daughters to be against sex and to hate, mistrust or disclaim their own sexuality.

Anyone who does not claim and own their sexuality will be its victim. Feminism that does not embrace sexuality as natural, and sexual pleasure as a birthright, is not just flawed but fraudulent.

In the book Escape From Freedom, Erich Fromm explains that “modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine, well fed, and well clothed, yet not a free man but an automaton.”

Freedom demands responsibility and wisdom, and there’s always peril involved. Freedom calls forth full participation in existence. To the extent that any man, as in male-bodied person, has honest freedom, it’s an ongoing struggle, and requires a risk. Anyone who lives in an independent way has, many times, had to risk everything; often, his life. There is usually a fight or a long struggle involved, and the need to break free from the bonds that hold back everyone. That takes courage, which is usually in short supply.

Yet as Fromm notes, “The more the drive toward life is thwarted, the stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is the strength of destructiveness. Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life.” This counts for men and women.

Venus Conjunct Chiron: A Tantric Perspective

Psychology and sociology only get us so far. To gain some additional perspective, let’s switch lenses to a pre-Christian view of sexuality, which today we call tantra. I’m not referring to ‘spiritualized sex’ or to pujas and rituals, nor to the Kama Sutra. I’m talking about a cosmology that holds the feminine principle to be the equivalent of what we call the universe.

Consider that all people are conceived and gestated inside the female body. Maleness contributes one cell and half the genetic code. (As Simone points out, this is not even necessary, since females have most of what they need to clone themselves). Female provides the dwelling place of the womb, all the nourishment, the patience and the dangers of childbirth (a near-death experience, even on a good day). Male and female are not equal, and are not even equivalent. Just knowing this, we have all the information we might need to figure out what’s going on in the world, where there is so much raging against existence.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.

In classical tantra, existence as we think of it — by which I mean the Earth and the cosmos — is a female phenomenon. The male principle provides a seed of energy that activates existence, which is inherently feminine. In the tantric cosmology, female, and by extension woman, is the center of all existence, and the source of all creation.

If you’ve ever taken a moment to wonder what the heck is calling forth all this anger and resentment and attack toward women, what the power source is, it makes more sense in this context. All the effort to hold back women, and to exploit whatever is perceived as feminine — oceans, forests and all the resources of the Earth, for instance — is an attack on existence itself.

Yet consider how much responsibility this places on women, and in particular, on women so long conditioned to think they are irrelevant and that their existence is wrong. It’s difficult enough to explain that voting matters or that a wife owns half of the property in a marriage. It verges on impossible to convey to women the notion of sexual autonomy, largely because there’s so much guilt involved. If you’ve ever experienced group sex, you may have learned that one woman can take on a whole room full of men.

Most men cannot hold a match to the power of fully expressed female sexuality. As Betty Dodson has joked about her own orgies, the women were still going at it long after the men had retired to the living room to watch football.

It would be just as difficult for men, conditioned for so long to think that they are masters of the universe, endowed with the privileges of pillaging, rape and murder, to accept the fact that they play a very small role in a universe in which they are inherently aliens. It’s difficult for men to accept that female, or what we call woman, is the giver, the nourisher and the taker of life.

It is possible, though, to touch this reality, and that’s enough to set a creative process in motion. Barbara Hand Clow described Venus conjunct Chiron as “orgasmic fusion with the cosmos.” But there’s more to it than that. One of my clients yesterday paraphrased her teacher, Tamara Slayton, who quoted a much older source: “As long as the blood of women is not revered, the blood of warfare will be glorified.”

With love,

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. Special Project Designer: Lizanne Webb. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Eric’s Assistant: Ellen Dockery. Client Services: Amy Elliott. Media Consultant: Andrew Ellis Marshall McLuhan. Music Director: Daniel Sternstein. Bass and Drums: Daniel Grimsland. Additional Research, Writing and Opinions: Amy Jacobs, Cindy Ragusa and Carol van Strum.

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Recommended Reading & Resources

To understand sex means to understand yourself; to understand yourself requires literacy. It’s not just that books provide information that teaches you who you are. It’s that experiencing books helps us establish inner reality at the same time. This is a partial reading list that will introduce you to some key ideas that help you both understand sexuality and help you establish interior space. Some are internet resources. — Eric Francis

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, old translation

Woman at the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

The Function of the Orgasm by Wilhelm Reich

The Polyfidelity Primer by Ryam Nearing (rare)

Jealousy and the Abyss by William Pennell Rock (essay)

Eros Denied by Wayland Young

Sex for One by Betty Dodson

Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton (the original)

The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort (I prefer the first edition’s illustrations)

Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly

Waking Life (film)

The Hite Report by Shere Hite

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Games People Play by Eric Berne

Tantra: The Indian Cult of Ecstasy by Phillip Rawson (rare)

Compulsory Heterosexuality by Adrienne Rich (essay)

Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich (poem)

Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man by Susan Faludi

The Compersion Collection by Eric Francis

Book of Blue by Eric Francis

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Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mercury Retrograde

By Amanda Painter

Have you ever been involved in some sort of group project that lacks a clear leader within the group, though there might be an external authority to answer to when the project is done? And maybe you feel excited because you just know that you have the right ideas and could totally direct your team to success, if only they’d listen to you — even though nobody has vested you with the position of leader or ‘authority’? Well, a major aspect pattern between now and the weekend looks a little like that.

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Photo by Amanda Painter.

The Sun is moving from mid to late Aries right now. As it does, it enters the loose cardinal grand square that’s been hanging out for a while.

This grand square involves planets in all four cardinal signs: Uranus and Eris in Aries; Vesta in Cancer; retrograde Jupiter in Libra; and Pluto in Capricorn. The pattern is beginning to separate, but all the major players are still resonating with each other.

Between Friday and Saturday, the Aries Sun makes exact contact first with Jupiter (an opposition, exact on Friday), and then with Pluto (a square, exact Saturday night into Sunday).
Oppositions usually signal energy coming to a peak of some sort, possibly a confrontation. Yet Jupiter is known for putting a positive spin on most aspects — even the more ‘challenging’ ones. As notable astrologer Robert Hand describes, Sun opposite Jupiter can give a real boost to optimism and confidence, enabling a person to project very positive energy to those around them.

Even so, as Hand further notes, Jupiter is also known for overdoing things. Overindulging, over-committing, slipping from confidence into arrogance, and over-instructing others are all possible with a Sun-Jupiter opposition. You just feel so good, and you just know you can help, that it can be easy to miss the social cues that would remind you to balance all that enthusiasm with some listening, empathy, reality-checking or deference. Sun-Jupiter is one of the primary ingredients in the hypothetical situation I initially described.

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Dear Planet Waves Subscriber:

Here’s an email I’ve been wanting to write nearly forever: as a Planet Waves subscriber, you may opt-in for free delivery of my daily horoscope.

Here are the specifics. I began writing New York Daily News horoscope this past Tuesday. I’ll be writing seven days a week. The length is 50 words per sign, per day. It’s a hand-crafted miniature, more like a poem than an essay.

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The Daily Planet of Superman fame is based on the N.Y. Daily News.

Per my agreement with the News, we will email to you daily at 7 am Eastern Time, beginning Sunday, March 19. Please sign up using the email associated with your Planet Waves account so that we’re already whitelisted.

Each daily edition also will go into our horoscope vault — the Intelligent Archive, which you may not know has also been upgraded. I’ll send a letter soon describing how you use the Intelligent Archive as a divination tool. Note that the result you get when you type a question is related, not to the text, but rather the time you press the Oracle button.

You can also use the separate research tools (located above the Intelligent Archive) and look up by keyword or date. For example, you can look up all my references to Chiron or any other word.

I’ll continue this letter series every few days with a description of another Planet Waves feature and benefit of membership. The emails will always be from me, without the [Planet Waves] slug, so you can distinguish them from other Planet Waves emails.

I’ll also let you know when I’m working on a new reading.

Thank you for being part of Planet Waves. It’s good to be with you.

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“The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My Hunger for Peace.” Photo: video still from “Today I Rise.”

Rising From Within

By Amanda Painter

“Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full of hope? Where are you, wise women covered in wounds? Where are you?”

So begins Alexandra Feldner’s short video, “Today I Rise.” Released in November 2015 for the 2016 Rising Women Rising World Summit in Berlin, it is a spoken poem set to video clips and still images from various sources, depicting women of many ages and races, in contexts ranging from the natural world to performing art, to work and protest, and everything in between.

The Rising Women Rising World organization states on its website that it invites both women and men to awaken their compassion, deep listening, intuition and inclusivity; to reclaim “their authority and power to serve the greater good, to protect and honour life and shape a world which serves human flourishing and planetary regeneration.”

With Venus currently retrograde in Pisces and approaching Chiron, both the form and the message of this video feel apropos: fluid, beautiful, empowering, healing, impressionistic, valuing of the feminine. It encourages the viewer to look and listen within at the same time as it invites you to offer the gifts you find there to the world, to stand in the full truth of your fierce, undeniable beauty. May it be so.

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This Week on Planet Waves FM
Martin Luther King: In the Name of Love

Dear Friend and Reader:

Tuesday was the 49th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. In this week’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, 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.

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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 this week 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 the 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.

Planet Waves FM is part of the Pacifica Radio Network, distributed without profit as a public service and labor of love.


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Your Monthly Horoscopes — and our Publishing Schedule Notes

We published your extended monthly horoscopes for April on Thursday, March 23. Your extended monthly horoscopes for March were published on Thursday, Feb. 23. Your Moonshine horoscope for the Aries New Moon were published on Thursday, March 30. We published your Moonshine horoscope for the Virgo Full Moon on Thursday, March 9. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.

Short Monthly Horoscope for April 2017, #1146 | By Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Stop worrying about ‘not going wild’. You’ve been aching to bust out of your shell for a long time, and suddenly it’s the obvious thing to do. You would not be acting out. Rather, in order to access the truth of the deeper discoveries that you’re making about yourself, you must actually experiment with some of what you’re thinking and feeling. As you stretch out to your true personality, you’ll find that growth and healing can only come through actual experiences. It’s time to change, to grow and to find out who you are without planning the outcome. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

Aries Birthdays 2017:
Discovery, Initiation, Beginning: A Reading for Your Year

“Venus retrograding into Pisces is the most beautiful image of inviting someone into your inner sanctuary. This is indeed an initiation: a point of beginning. The discovery that you make in this process will shape the course of your relationships, which means a lot when you consider that everything, and everyone, to whom you relate is a relationship.”

— Eric Francis Coppolino, speaking to Aries at the beginning of this year

Dear Friend and Reader:

What do you define as your “inner sanctuary”? Who do you feel called to invite there, and are you willing to meet yourself there now that Venus has moved from your sign into Pisces?

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If you are curious about the integration of your inner and outer selves, I hope you’ll check out Eric’s 2017 Aries Birthday Reading, which he’ll be recording for you soon. The reading comprises two segments of astrology (at least 30 minutes each), plus a tarot reading for the year and extended written sign description.

But what you’ll truly find in this reading is inspiration, motivation, support and perspective — just what you need to make this year dynamic and to take advantage of the growth opportunities that come your way.

“Your reading has given direction and meaning on how to proceed, to learn and move forward in these difficult, unsettling times and at the same time, inspiring me to tap into limitless creative gifts. Thank you, Eric; from my heart to your heart, I send you deep abiding gratitude for your penetrating insight and your deep caring concern, with which you carry out your mission for all of us!”

— Ann Cortese, B.S., M.P.S.

You can pre-order your 2017 Aries Birthday Reading here — suitable for Aries Sun, rising and Moon. Note that the price will increase when the reading publishes.

Wishing you another incredible trip around the Sun,

Amanda Painter

P.S. Stuck for a gift for your favorite Aries? Show them how much you care by giving them this reading.


Taurus (April 19-May 20) — It’s natural to want to take care of people; and if you choose to, do it with passion. Leave no doubt about the love and commitment that you feel. Yes, you would be making a statement by your gestures of kindness, of the most sincere kind. To share in this way is all about what you’re offering, with no trace of holding back. A good place to start is with food you make with your own hands. Create exactly what someone likes best. And as aspects develop this month, sex can take on mystical and healing dimensions. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You have knowledge that someone close to you needs and will benefit from. However, be gentle about how you deliver this information; and find out everything you can, in the spirit of being helpful and doing no harm. Say what you know is the right thing to say, and let the person do what they will with the information. Be available for questions. You have amazing resources that you generally don’t clue other people in to. The time has come to put your skills and wisdom to full use. This is a truly important purpose of your life. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — If you’ve repeatedly tried the same approach to solving an emotional puzzle or problem, it’s time to try something new. This is not a question of personality or behavior. There’s something you’re reaching for that can only be accessed through a deeper approach, something that could genuinely be described as spiritual. Above all else, that means being loving and faithful, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable. At minimum your kindness and encouragement will go a long way to provide reassurance. One of your great strengths is that you have faith in people; and when you express that, everyone benefits. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — You may not consider yourself an inventor by nature or profession; however, your mind is poised for a creative breakthrough. Remind yourself every day that no problem is too complicated for you to solve, and that you can plot the course to any goal that you have. Practice on small things as a way of building your confidence. Originality is like a muscle that develops the more you use it, so be bold. This skill could become genuinely valuable on the work front, where the most important leaders are those who can both innovate and solve problems as they go. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — When others offer the gift of themselves, it’s up to you to receive it consciously — or not. Either way, you would be wise to make a conscious choice. What’s becoming available is so beautiful that you’ll need to bring your full awareness. What you learn from something shared by one who cares deeply about you can change the course of your life. It can represent a discovery so deep that you never see yourself or the world the same way again. These moments actually happen, and contain the rare beauty that keeps you falling in love with life. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — No matter how crazy or unstable the world around you may seem, you have the ability to stay in balance. The key to remember is that you don’t owe anyone anything. Yes, you are loyal, you are committed — and you make your own choices. Claim the freedom to do the important self-healing work that’s available this month. Take extra care of yourself, and note the connection between your emotional state and your physical health and stamina. For you, everything develops and proceeds from your feelings forward. Start there and you cannot go wrong. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Love in any form is nourishment. Offer it as such, and consciously receive it as such. On the human level, we all have specific needs: water, food, shelter, sunlight and affection among them. Let your relationships be the place where all of these things are welcome and shared freely. You can trust the abundance of your life, and set a goal of making sure that as many people around you as possible get what they need. While you’re at it, know what you need and receive it sincerely when it’s offered to you. Be generous with yourself and with gratitude toward others. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — If you keep your focus, you will make major progress pulling together some long-range goals over the next few weeks. Remember that you cannot have absolute control over the process or the outcome. That’s good news because the real progress occurs through happy accidents. Therefore, keep an open mind and pay attention to the fine points. You can plan and structure things all you want, and then when you’re least expecting it, you make an error or notice something subtle, and that opens up some vast new possibilities. Keep your experiments going, and take careful notes. You will need them. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Your feelings about relationships are starting to catch up with you. It would seem that you’ve experienced many moments of bold evolution. You’ve been growing at a pace that you can barely comprehend. Still, your ideas about relationships have yet to make the same progress. Be bold in asking yourself deep questions about what’s made you happy in the past. Do you really need so much structure? Do you really need to base your life on expectations, when you barely know what to expect of yourself? Relating to others is a dance. Feel for your natural rhythm, though you have little use for choreography. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

The Book of Your Life, many months in the making, is now available for instant access. This includes extended readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. You can get access to all 12 signs here, or you can get your individual sign here.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Kindness is the highest human virtue. You know this, whereas others are more likely to forget. Therefore, remind them with your actions — particularly what you do in the public realm. The world in its current state has guided you closer to your core humanitarian values. More than ever, it’s obvious that your purpose on Earth is to do what you can to make things better here. This, in turn, makes your own life better. You can afford to be bold and generous no matter what self-serving ideas others may think of as virtuous. Integrity is your birthright. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — For many seasons, the theme of your life has been deep healing. Your journey has had its ups and downs, and times recently where you’ve wondered whether you’ve made any progress at all. Events of this month will reveal how much strength and power you have accumulated. Yet, this comes from your openness to your own feelings, and to living in a space of ongoing vulnerability. You are the safest when you are in full contact with the beauty, struggle and transient nature of life. Let yourself be as deep, as sensitive and as beautiful as you know you truly are. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.

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9 thoughts on “Venus, in Search of Chiron

  1. Sue Edwards

    Thank You again Eric.

    “The current astrology describes this in metaphor, as a kind of mental edge. Taurus is a lot more intense than any astrology book I’ve ever read gives it credit for being. There’s a mental quality to this sign, which is now being accentuated by Mercury slow and powerful in this sign.”

    It might be that Taurus is associated with Illumination, particularly illumination of the Mind. Its horns pointing inward, highlighting and in protection of the third eye. The eye of Vision as different from that of physical sight. It’s how we see both humor and reason.

    In my simple way of Understanding, Existence = Mother = Womb with a View. View meaning Consciousness. Any response to Existence indicating awareness of it, varying in degree according to perceptual apparatus.

    And women have always had the Power when it comes to accessing Intuition, giving females the capacity of an expanded awareness. Real Power, to me, is understanding the Power of the Cohesiveness of Desire. Any use of force, physical, mental or emotional, is s symptom to me, of a lack of Power and Awareness on inner levels and in terms of Consciousness.

    Personally, I don’t happen to identify with the victim model of the feminine. I understand why I have attracted what I have and it’s been a matter of changing my own attitudes in order to cease attracting reflections of it in my relationships. It’s all been about claiming Responsibility Accountability for the Play of Consciousness that’s been running inside my own head. As the author of my own Play, I am my own Authority. I suspect it is this accountability and responsibility many of us have sought to avoid. I have observed that while men have been physically abusive, so have women been equally emotionally abusive. Being seductive is not the same as being Loving.

    It helped me to recognize that after every thought in my head came an experience in Sensitivity, in feeling. Sensitive, as in Aware, not boohoo. Upon realizing the e-motion, or energy that I had set into motion, as a result of thinking such a thing, I started making a conscious choice as to what I was going to entertain in my head. A positive field would attract a positive pole. Acting upon fears of survival brought about experiences detrimental to it. Acting in my own Self interest meant acting in everyone’s Self interest. Since the Whole cannot be benefited through the negation of any part.

    In an experience of synchronicity, just before I read your article I grabbed a book in a hurry and started reading a random page. To quote the book I opened, “celibacy” meant “single”. (The Labours of Hercules, Alice Bailey, pg.52 ) This relates back to our third eye or eye of Illumination. Our organ of Spiritual Vision. Taurus has also been identified with the Bull of Desire and the purpose is not to slaughter the Bull but to ride it. Avoiding Desire (sex) is not the same as having control of it.

    For many years I sought an inner experience of union, surrender and connection through sexual means. Like cracker, cracker cracker. No matter how much I liked crackers, I grew tired and bored of them after a while when that was the only thing I had. I’ve found it much more satisfying experiencing an inner communion, surrender and connection first, with physical sex being an expression of it.

    Is sex a means to an inner experience or is it an expression of one?

  2. DivaCarla Sanders

    Eric thank you for this weekly edition on Venus conjunction Chiron. You are made for these times, Chiron return while Chiron anchors the tempest of Uranus/Eris.

    I can’t remember if you mentioned all of this in your PWFM overview of the Venus station direct astrology. When I looked it up, for 6:18 am edt April 15, I see healing and empowerment of an embattled Feminine. The patriarchy still resists hard bending its knee to the Feminine in honor and respect, not in defeat. It won’t win till it loses this battle of domination.

    What I see in the chart, and for anyone who has learned astrology from you, the significance of all these aspects is self evident.

    QB1 is on the Chiron discovery point 4 Taurus. (There for the Merc station too.)
    Both QB1 and Merc retro are on the ascendant of this chart.(cast for my town of Hope, ME.)
    Mars has rolled over his conjunction with Ceres and now shares 25 Taurus with Sedna.
    Look at everything at (or near) 25 degrees.
    Vesta at 25 Cancer, sextile Mars/Sedna, square Sun, trine Venus/Chiron.
    Meanwhile, Pluto and Juno share the midheaven in Capricorn.

    Saturn sits with the Galactic center at 27 Sagittarius, aspecting everything else.
    Black moon Lilith at 6 Sagittarius is square Nessus at 6 Pisces.
    At this moment, the moon in Sagittarius is exactly opposite Eros at 11 Gemini.
    Throughout the day, the moon will move through Sagittarius, aspecting the whole show in Pisces and Aries.
    I think this is a gorgeous chart.
    It is a sacred moment of our times.
    It happens to fall on the day of Christ’s descent into the underworld, the day between Good Friday and Easter.
    No matter what happens to grab headlines that day, or fling shit at our collective fan, this is the day the Goddess wins. The tide turns.

    Keep up your good work Eric and PlanetWaves team.

  3. Ramona

    Thank-you Eric. This grouping feels like a trifecta: PWFM-In the Name of Love, the article Venus, in Search of Chiron and the short monthly April horoscopes.

    Reading through Venus, in Search of Chiron, I had as my companion Tantra: The Indian Cult of Ecstasy by Philip Lawson with its beautiful image plates. Orgasmic fusion with the cosmos indeed.

    As Diva-Carla mentioned QB1 is on the discovery degree of Chiron (4 Taurus) also the degree of Mercury’s station retrograde later today. In my natal chart QB1 conjuncts the IC. For me she feels like an important part of the story, a life guide.

    I offer this extended description from Eric’s Small World Stories for readers who may not be as familiar with QB1:

    QB1 is rarely mentioned outside the most esoteric scientific circles. Even new planet astrologers for some reason tend to leave the topic alone.

    While 1992 QB1 does not have a name, its temporary designation led to a specific class of orbiting objects, the Cubewanos (Q-B-1-o’s).

    Cubewanos, according to current guidelines, are planets beyond the orbit of Pluto that (under the astronomical naming guidelines) get named for gods of creation, ascension and resurrection. Plutinos (planets with orbits more similar to Pluto, in the range of 250 years) are named for underworld deities from various cultures. However, 1992 QB1 appears to have archetypal similarities with both classes of planets. She seems to be a bridge between the ‘underworld’ and the ‘world of creation’.

    That bridge is a way of accessing the unconscious — a way that is disctinctly different than the often-wrenching changes of Pluto. We are used to the Plutonic equation grow or die. QB1 seems to be more of a gentle lure, an invitation to enter a space, and a situation where one has a mode of assistance to go there. QB1 does not play the game of destroying something in order to recreate it. She is more about going beyond the known and into the unknown as a voluntary experience of saying yes.

    It is significant that QB1 lacks what is in a sense the cultural baggage of a mythological title. She is free of the garb of a morality tale or creation myth. You could say she was, and remains, an anonymous harbinger of the next major era in planetary science and its corresponding development of our model of personality. She guides us, as well, to a new place within ourselves.

    1992 QB1 shows us that there is away beyond the chaos, but that rather than being a radical intervention, it is the gentle raising of awareness.

    Personally I love that she isn’t named, carrying an uninscribed quality … an awakening. It feels invigorating. Although I did love your name proposal Eric, of Radharani, consort of Krishna.

    1. DivaCarla Sanders

      Thanks for sharing Eric’s explanation about QB1, Ramona. I recommend everyone read that article. I was motivated to look up the discovery degree and google sent me to Eric’s small world article. QB1 was discovered on the Aries point. Venus will ignite that point again soon in her forward motion.

  4. Glen Young

    The Jupiter in Libra mutual reception to Venus in Pisces in search of Chiron is (extremely) well delineated here. Melanie Reinhart said that Jupiter rides Chiron like a hobby-horse, and when dealing with Chiron others are needed to heal these wounds within ourselves. Thanks for the helping hand.

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