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A Fine Line: Roe v. Wade at 40 | Eric Francis Coppolino
We don’t often discuss the extent to which the the right of a woman to choose her reproductive destiny influences every other aspect of her life. In this piece commemorating the 40th anniversary of this landmark Supreme Court decision, you’ll see how a single minute can make a world of difference in a chart with implications we’re still grappling with culturally. Click here for full article.

The World in a Grain of Pholus | Eric Francis Coppolino
Remember 2011’s unraveling of Rupert Murdoch’s news empire, which hinged on a massive phone- and email-hacking practice by the journalists and editors of News of the World — one of the UK’s longstanding tabloids? Stunningly, Pholus is in the exact same degree in the charts for that newspaper and for Murdoch. In this article I explain this event as a proving moment for Pholus, activated by Uranus and Pluto. Click here for full article.

Beneath the Guns and Politics, Gender Rage | Eric Francis Coppolino
On Jan. 8, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on a kind of ‘outdoor town meeting’ being held by then-Senator Gabrielle Giffords. In the charts for Loughner, Giffords and the event, the planets Mars, Chiron, Eris, Pholus and Vesta are so prominent — and appear with such synchronicty between the charts — the story of gender rage underpinning our culture of gun violence becomes chillingly apparent. Click here for full article.

Night and Day: Two Charts for Ferguson | Eric Francis Coppolino
In this issue, I investigate the astrology of the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, and the riots it sparked in Ferguson, Missouri. The Uranus-Pluto square offers an opening to transform inherited cultural shadow material — if we’re willing to have an honest conversation about race in our modern era. Click here for full article.

Notes from Downwind | Eric Francis Coppolino
When an earthquake and tsunami crippled the eastern coast of Japan in March 2011, a nuclear crisis ensued which we still have not contained. Here I explain the implications of nuclear energy and its toxic leftovers, delving into the chart of the first atomic reaction along with the Fukushima disaster’s chart. I also describe the future path of this dangerous and unsustainable energy source. Click here for full article.

Stating the Ominous: Silent Spring at 50 | Eric Francis Coppolino
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s watershed book Silent Spring, I take a look at her natal chart (she’s a Sagittarius Full Moon baby) as well as the chart for Silent Spring. Her words changed the law of the land, responsible for the banning of DDT. We’re still in a big environmental mess — but it would undoubtedly be much bigger without Silent Spring. Click here for full article.

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