Full Moon, Mars Direct

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Eric’s 2018 Autumn Reading, Empathy-Pathos, is now available for pre-order. This will be a 12-sign audio reading covering Venus retrograde and beyond. Pre-order all 12 signs now — we will increase the price very soon.

Hey Virgo — Saturn is providing a solid foundation in Capricorn, your creative 5th house, and Uranus is jazzing up your house of spirituality and travel. Order your 2018-19 birthday reading by Eric to discover how you can harness these energies. Check out more recent and forthcoming readings here.

Dear Friend and Listener:

Tonight’s return of Planet Waves FM is timed with the Pisces Full Moon (Sunday, Aug. 26 at 7:56 am EDT) and Mars stationing direct in Capricorn (Monday, Aug. 27 at 10:05 am EDT).


The Place of the Way, home of Planet Waves FM and recording & performance space for Vision Quest. Photo displayed in studio is Tia, photographed by Neal W. McDonough.

I cover the Mars retrograde event and the station direct in the first segment, exploring themes of individuality, groups and the impact of digital.

In the second segment, I look at recent news events, including those surrounding the special counsel’s investigation. In the third segment, I look at the recent verdict against Monsanto for its Roundup herbicide, and then go into the history of the herbicide/pesticide issue. In the last segment, I merge Tantra Studio with a reading of the Pisces Full Moon.

I’ve referenced several resources in the program. Here they are: my coverage of Monsanto and its astrology in The Mountain Astrologer; the article on IBT Labs and the Howard Johnson’s meeting; See No Evil by Vicki Monks; and my article on the history of PCBs as published in Sierra.

Music on tonight’s program is from Vision Quest, the Planet Waves in-house ensemble. The theme music is called “Proximity.” The second two pieces are “Sky Saw” parts one and two, followed by “Letter to Urbana.” Closing theme is “Proximity,” followed by “Digital Thunder.”

Planet Waves FM is a project of Chiron Return, Inc., a registered nonprofit corporation. We can offer you this extended, luxurious program commercial-free thanks to your contributions, large and small. Please get on board helping the program happen; if this is out of your budget, please spread the word.

With love,
PS — I’ve written two satires recently: Mystery Girl Terrorizes Entire City, and a commentary on why the Antioch rules of engagement are so sexy.

Planet Waves

Your Autumn Reading by Eric Francis

Empathy-Pathos: A Study in Venus Retrograde

Dear Friend and Reader:

This letter is to introduce the Planet Waves Autumn Reading, called Empathy-Pathos. This will be a study in Venus retrograde. We are offering all 12 signs tonight and through the weekend for our best price, $47.

This will go up to $57 on Monday evening, and to $67 on Thursday, and $77 next weekend. Early purchasers get the best price. I am planning to deliver the reading around the equinox, well ahead of Venus stationing retrograde.


Eric Francis.

Project Description

Mars retrograde is about to end, and Venus retrograde is about to begin. Spanning from Oct. 5 through Nov. 15, the retrograde will be in Scorpio (where Venus is supposedly not so happy) into Libra (where she is supposedly thrilled). To me, this describes many shades of empathy (the ability to resonate with another) and pathos (suffering, or passion, which come from the same root).

In this reading, I will review Mars retrograde and the recent eclipses, and open up the territory of Venus and its unusual way of resonating and emoting. We’ll explore approaches to the masculine and feminine attributes of Venus, as well as the introspective and expressive aspects of Venus through the retrograde process.

The retrograde begins with Venus square Mars, describing the prevailing tension and struggle with inhibition that characterize our time in history. From there, the journey is inward, to the source of whatever feelings you may be experiencing.

These will be audio readings, featuring music by Vision Quest. With apologies to those who were planning on video, I’m feeling a little over-exposed at the moment and will be better able to deliver this reading in spoken word format, without the distraction of visuals. I will, however, add an introductory video that illustrates both Venus and Mars retrograde, so you have that to work with.

The readings apply to Sun and rising sign, and will be 30 to 40 minutes each.

You may preorder here.

If you would like to order by phone, call us at (845) 481-5616.

Thank you for your business, and for trusting me as your astrologer.

With love,


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