Steps Along the Way

Photo by Bill Eppridge.

I shouted out, / “Who killed the Kennedys?”

When after all / It was you and me

Dear Friend and Reader:

Most of my day Tuesday, and into the week, I invested in unraveling the charts of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. This was my first time through that maze. As I said in my earlier coverage of the JFK assassination, the question of who killed Bobby, and why, is a different matter today from what it was 50 years ago. Mostly, we have much more context. We have the benefit of knowing what happens next, and what happens after that.

I studied a wide inventory of charts: RFK’s birth chart and his progressions at the time of his death; the accused killer’s natal chart and his progressions at the time of the assassination; and mostly the event chart, which I’ve displayed in its more complex form in the first figure, and in its simpler form in the second figure. [See RFK’s natal and progressed charts here.]

This is my chart with all relevant minor planets included. Damocles is on the far left side of the chart, rising in the 21st degree of Aquarius. A less-detailed, easier-to-read chart is below.

It was another one of those experiences of any remaining notions of the Sixties as a romantic time disappearing into the air. RFK embodied the idealism of the era like few other people. His difficult journey after his brother’s assassination, and the challenges of being Attorney General in a tumultuous and dangerous era, had tempered him. He was perceived as a person whose leadership could unify vastly diverse facets of the deeply divided American public.

And he was campaigning openly on ending the war in Vietnam — as was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the time of his death eight weeks earlier. With both of these men dead, the war would not end for five more years.

The decade surrounding the Uranus-Pluto conjunction (which peaked in 1965-66) was in many ways a revolutionary time. It came with surges forward in numerous areas of life, from technology to art to social causes. In retrospect, it seemed that people cared more than we do today, and were able to give a voice to their concerns.

There was greater willingness to experiment and confront the unknown. There was a greater willingness to take risks, particularly if they involved making things better. I would go as far as to say that young people and many older ones were more willing to be vulnerable than they are today.

Yet one by one, the political leaders of what might have been a more liberal-minded society of the future were picked off, just like that. In hindsight, it’s easier to see all of those assassinations as part of the same thing: as steps on the way to the even more troubled world we live in today.

If you’re wondering why it seems all we get these days are so-called leaders who exploit our natural desire for social justice but don’t deliver, just picture Bobby Kennedy lying unconscious on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel’s pantry.

Picture Dr. King lying on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel just eight weeks earlier. Imagine Pres. Kennedy, clutching his throat, that afternoon as his limousine cruised through Dealey Plaza.

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Basic chart for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. When using the minor planets, I find it helpful to be able to look at a basic chart and get the information I need. This version includes Chiron and Eris, which are planets that described the events of that era — as they do today. At the time this chart is set for, neither Chiron nor Eris had been discovered. Chiron is orange with an 02 at the lower left; Mercury is green with an 02 at the lower right.

All those other assassinations had an effect; though, finally, the political route to social justice was cut off that night in Los Angeles. To aspire to stand for truth and justice, on that kind of scale, today amounts to a death wish, and we all know why.

Some people knew it then; it’s easier to see with half a century of hindsight, if you look. Just play out a potential scenario of a world without a Pres. Nixon, and without an expansion of the Vietnam War into Laos and Cambodia — a war that cut a scar into the American psyche yet to heal. RFK was vocally campaigning against the war that his brother had first escalated.

There was no question that he was promising to pull the United States out of Vietnam, because he knew as well as anyone that it was disastrous and pointless. On the day he was shot, 106 American soldiers were also killed; 16,899 American soldiers lost their lives in Vietnam the year he was killed.

Imagine a version of American history without Watergate, which turned everyone cold, bitter and cynical to politics, proving that it’s all a vicious scam; now, then and allegedly forever. Watergate was not merely a break-in; what was revealed, after the break-in, was that Nixon turned the entire U.S. government into his personal mafia.

This version of events is rarely if ever told in context. Yet consider the idealism of the 1960s, and consider the world we have today. Consider how much turned on that one night, just past midnight on June 5, 1968. Yet I would ask: do we have a problem with placing our hopes and dreams in the hands of a leader, rather than in our own ability to contribute to meaningful progress?

And by doing so, do we not excuse ourselves from the very responsibility that we try to place on those leaders? Is this not the evolutionary step we need to take: rising to the collective ownership of our destiny, with everyone involved? That would seem to exist only dimly in awareness.

Each of the assassinations opened the way to the world we have today. But something was cemented that night in LA. Something came to a halt. Much of the horoscope for that event is concentrated in the 4th house, where according to traditional astrology we look for “the end of the matter.”

Here is a clue: it will come down to one aspect, Mercury in Cancer, square Chiron in Aries. But let’s look at the chart first from a few other angles.

Damocles is Rising

During the Barack Obama campaign of 2008, there were many comparisons to RFK, who had died 40 years earlier. Does anyone else remember this? For many people, Obama represented a kind of potential that was vaguely reminiscent of Bobby Kennedy. (Remember, though, that Obama campaigned on escalating the war in Afghanistan.)

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In Richard Westall’s Sword of Damocles, 1812, the boys of Cicero’s anecdote have been changed to maidens for a neoclassical patron, Thomas Hope. Still, the infamous sword hangs over him as the king watches. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

When I first read Obama’s natal chart 10 years ago, I discovered that his natal Sun was opposite a strange minor planet called (5335) Damocles. Really a long-period comet nucleus (it has an orbit of just over 40 years), this type of object was probably formed in the vicinity of the gas giants, in the early days of the solar system, according to MIT astrophysicist Dr. Jane X. Luu.

By strange, I mean that at its closest point to the Sun, Damocles enters the orbit of Mars, coming close to the Earth; at its furthest, it extends beyond the orbit of Uranus, which is far, far beyond Saturn. Even weirder, Damocles spends two-thirds of its time in Aquarius; most of the rest is in Pisces, and it spends next to none in the other signs.

If you are wondering why I have any respect for Obama, it comes from recognizing this one placement in his chart. I know that’s saying a lot, though the fact of Damocles exactly opposite his Sun reminded me of one particular truth about those who are, today, involved in politics.

The name of this body references the sword of Damocles, named for a servant of the court who, for one day, sat in the chair of the king. He was envious of the king’s power and wanted to see what it was like; he got his chance. Above his head was suspended a sword hung by a single strand of horse hair, “an allusion to the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power” in the elegant words of Wikipedia.

In the chart for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Damocles is rising, to the degree. A planet rises to the degree for four minutes out of every 24 hours. The synchronicity is a reminder what potential all politicians and many in the public eye must face every day.

The 8th House: Death of the Revolution

In a death chart, you can find out relevant facts from studying the 8th house. That includes the contents of the 9th, and the condition of the planet that rules the sign on the 8th house cusp. In this chart, we get relevant information from both.

I am counting all of Virgo as the 8th house in this chart. That’s because it’s the 8th sign from the ascendant; and what are called “whole sign houses,” perhaps the oldest house system, prove to be a dependable tool.

What we find in Virgo is the Uranus-Pluto conjunction that in astrological terms defines the 1960s for what they are: the upheaval and revolutionary spirit of the times. Yet this was not all a “power to the people” kind of revolution, even though that was the popular meme of the day — what the Trilateral Commission described in a famous report as a “crisis of democracy.”

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Seventeen-year-old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers at a Pentagon anti-war protest, 1967. Photo by Mark Riboud.

If the 8th represents or helps reveal the nature and cause of death, RFK was killed by the times in which he was living. That is the nature of a politically motivated murder, though this instance is particularly glaring.

Many people experienced Uranus conjunct Pluto as a revolutionary spirit of liberation rather than of tyranny. And for those who believed that this was a crisis — of democracy in particular — it was that very spirit of liberation, in their view, that needed to end.

There were not many bright spots left to the Sixties. Sixty-eight was a horrendous year overall, with the riots at the Democratic National Convention, with Nixon getting elected to the presidency, and the Tet Offensive (a battle in the Vietnam War) taking many lives. Any notion of the Woodstock spirit of 1969 would be blotted out by the Kent State massacre of the following year.

The Moon is in Virgo, though it’s in a condition called void-of-course, which means that it’s very late in its sign and not making any more aspects before entering the next sign. The Moon can represent the public, or the question itself. It would appear that the public was asleep at the wheel, or perhaps drunk.

The Moon is conjunct, to the degree, the asteroid Bacchus, named for the Roman god of grapes and wine. The hapless public was not ready to take on the responsibilities that the Uranus-Pluto conjunction demanded. There were riots and protests that year and a lot of drugs being taken, though there was not much serious political organizing, with the exception of Richard Nixon’s team.

Venus, Sun, Mars in Gemini

Mercury is the ruling planet of Virgo. Let’s consider that in a moment — it reveals what the chart is really about. However, let’s consider the other Mercury-ruled sign, Gemini. Because the meridian (usually the 4th/10th cusp axis, or MC/IC) is passing through Gemini and Sagittarius, Gemini certainly seems like the 4th house (domestic issues, security, ancient house of fathers, the end of the matter).

But let’s remember it’s also the 5th sign from the ascendant, so it has the flavor of the 5th, as well. With Venus, the Sun and Mars there, we have an image of something sexual (a theme of the 5th, and also of the 8th).

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One thing we can say about political assassinations is that they don’t put anyone in a good mood. They are merely tragic.

Not enough has been written about the political elements of the Sixties in contrast to what we call, in hindsight, the sexual revolution. People aspire to more social and political freedom when they are sexually free, and they become subject to tyranny when they are sexually unfree.

In other words, repression of loving instincts leads to repressive governmental structures. It’s easy to see that Donald Trump is appealing mostly to people who are sexually frustrated.

The Sun, a father figure, or authority figure, standing between Venus and Mars looks like something between men and women — who might ordinarily be inclined to get together. The scene in the 4th house (domestic affairs) looks like a kind of tension if not outright strife. Gemini, when populated, can be the scene of disagreements, owing to the presence of multiple viewpoints.

However, this scene in Gemini may describe something apart from psychology: it may be a diagram of the assassination itself, which took place in a pantry (4th house or domestic feeling) and the certain presence of at least two assassins. In this reading, the Sun would be RFK, the “king” of the moment and heir apparent to the presidency, and Venus and Mars would represent the killers.

Patterns and individual elements in astrology charts can signify two different things at once, which may be more or less closely related. One thing we know, though, is that all of the elements in Gemini and all of the elements in Virgo come back to one planet — Mercury, the ruling planet of both signs.

Mercury Square Chiron, and the Aries Point

One of the boldest aspects in this chart — which represents a rarified turning point in American history — is that Mercury is square Chiron. Mercury is a fast mover, so an aspect like this lasts a day, and June 5, 1968, was the day. Note that Chiron had not yet been discovered by this time.

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Only people who were alive at the time remember the sensation of shock and horror at the death of another Kennedy, and another beloved civil rights leader. UK Daily Mirror.

Mercury, as mentioned, has extraordinary power in this chart, as it is the planet that rules many planets in Gemini and Virgo, both of which describe the crime scene. So on one level it represents the state of mind of the assassin.

Yet because Chiron is on the Aries Point and Mercury is square the Aries Point, we have a connection that extends out to the widest reaches of the public. This also describes an event that reaches into the heart and soul of anyone who is in some way touched by it. With such a powerful structure highlighting the Aries Point, we are at the crossroads of the individual and the collective.

This is what Mick Jagger was talking about when he said that “after all, it was you and me” who killed the Kennedys. (This song was being recorded the very day that RFK was shot. The original line was, “Who Killed Kennedy?” Jagger changed it to, “Who killed the Kennedys?”)

As you may know from my earlier coverage, Chiron entered Aries on April 1, 1968. Three days later, Martin Luther King was shot; and just eight weeks after that, Robert Kennedy was shot. This was not a coincidence, though that’s a subject for another article or broadcast.

So what is in this state of mind described by that Mercury-Chiron aspect? To me, these two planets together can indicate deep self-doubt about one’s mental capacity and intelligence. When I see this aspect in a chart, I first check whether the person had some unusual intellectual gift but was in some way persuaded that their mind was broken. Usually there is a source point for this doubt, in the form of a caregiver, though it can also manifest internally.

Chiron in Aries is inherently seeking of self-knowledge, though my early (somewhat joking but not really) key phrase for this placement was, “Get a real identity crisis!” That is, look for yourself in meaningful ways, not (for example) through brand identity or any other form of consumerism.

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Photo by Hank Walker.

In a book published in 1968, War and Peace in the Global Village, Marshall and Eric McLuhan introduced their theory that violence is a quest for identity. They proposed that this works on every level, from individual to tribal to national. I think this is a valid idea, and it explains much of what is happening in our world today. A paucity of self-awareness being expressed as aggression would make a lot of sense. However, the McLuhans don’t address sex or sexuality, one of the few limitations on their brilliant body of work. You can fill in this gap by reading Wilhelm Reich; then it will be easy to make the connections.

My take is that the urgency for a violent approach to self-knowledge occurs primarily in the vacuum of a loving and healthy approach to sexuality. And it is in this environment that eroticism and toxic aggression are most easily conflated; this explains much of our current social and political crisis.

What happened to RFK was a violent act, driven by self-doubt, and the troubled emotive mind of Mercury in Cancer, square a warrior planet, Chiron, in Aries. The people who killed RFK had their own agenda, which I take as a mix of wanting to perpetuate a war-based society, and also not wanting someone who could be a unifying force to get any real social traction. It would be safer, they determined, to martyr him.

Yet the background environment of the nation was, at that time, deeply troubled and deeply divided. Many people had been thrust into situations demanding growth they just could not handle. Many had been subjected to injury, pain and grief they did not deserve. Kennedy was offering something that Americans were not ready for then, and which it seems we are even less ready for now.

We need to do something about that. Yet let’s remember that the assassinations of the Sixties (including the Kent State massacre) were part of an organized program. They were not, in my view, the efforts of lone nutcases or freaky circumstances, but were in truth your tax dollars at work.

With love


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Astrology on the Horizon

Dear Friend and Reader:

There is some astrology coming. I’ve been writing about it all year.

By far the most intriguing (and potentially challenging, in a rise-to-the-occasion way) of the year is Mars retrograde, which begins June 26 and lasts for two months. The last time Mars was retrograde in Aquarius was in 1971 — 47 years ago. Rare means powerful, unpredictable and potentially challenging.

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Recording your 2018 Spring Reading for Scorpio. These are illustrated readings, with bold, hand-drawn charts [see sample], where everything is explained patiently, like I have all the time in the world.

I just spent the past 10 days in front of a video camera, exploring this event for all 12 signs and rising signs. These friendly, clear-headed readings are available to everyone in The Sacred Space of Self spring reading from Planet Waves.

Mars retrograde in Aquarius is going to shake up the social order. The whole tribal thing we’re witnessing is about to be met by a burst of individuality. There are some among us who have had enough of thinking like everyone else thinks because that’s how everyone else thinks.

On an individual level, Mars retrograde will shuffle your thinking — your preconceptions and ideas about how things are — and give you something tangible to consider, something real and immediate. Much of this involves family and its influence, as well as an organic drive for individuation that is bursting out of Chiron in Aries.

My spring reading explores these themes, in an easy-to-follow, optimistic, motivational way. That’s the whole point of seeking wisdom from astrology: the combination of insight and a burst of self-esteem.

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We’re All Survivors These Days

By Amanda Painter

You might say that today’s intellectual environment is like a twisted version of the show Survivor: we’re each left to our own devices when it comes to navigating a harsh digital wilderness; it’s not always clear who is teaming up with whom, and allegiances can shift without notice; and each week, it seems like a new set of documented historical or scientific facts gets voted off the island. This week’s astrology suggested that metaphor, and I think it also offers a way through.

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The Ring of Brodgar, Neolithic standing stones thought to have been erected between 2500 BC and 2000 BC, in Orkney, Scotland. Photo by Amanda Painter.

Today the Sun makes a conjunction to the centaur Asbolus in Gemini, and the two of them are square Neptune in Pisces.

Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, is still conjunct the Sun and square Neptune as well. And between yesterday and today, the Pisces Moon made its way through the aspect pattern, squaring the Sun, for the lunar last quarter.

So that’s the main setup that describes a general inability to see clearly, especially where emotions and beliefs are clouding — or clashing with — more rational, fact-based ways of perceiving. Of course, this seems to be the general state of affairs these days no matter what’s going on in the sky, and that has to do partly with longer-term planetary cycles — and with the ongoing cultural developments that reflect them. But it appears that we have a peak of sorts right now, or perhaps a more concentrated opportunity to notice it.

The Sun (and Mercury) square Neptune can be great for a person’s idealism; and goddess knows we need some optimism and clear ideals to keep us going in the face of so much chaos, confusion and destruction. Idealism can lead to the development of incredibly beautiful things that never would have come to be otherwise.

The key there, however, is to stay in touch with facts and reality as you pursue your vision — be it artistic, philanthropic, deeply personal or highly political. Strong foundations are always in contact with the ground, even if in unorthodox ways.

Read more…

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Three members of the wordless performance troupe Blue Man Group explore Boston Common for sounds they can use in a musical composition in 2012. The following year, they investigated the sounds of the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC for a similar project.

A Blue Soundscape for a Gemini Day

By Amanda Painter

Cities are filled with nuisance sounds, right? What does it take to turn them into something beautiful or interesting? Generally, a little creativity.

But what is creativity, really? You could think of it as the ability to perceive reality as it is while being able to envision ‘what could be’ at the same time. That kind of dual perception is a hallmark of Gemini, where the Sun currently is. And right now, the Sun is square Neptune in Pisces — an aspect that can encourage the kind of idealism that leads to beautiful things developing.

Although this video of Blue Man Group on a “Sound Hunting” trip in Boston Common is a few years old, it’s a great example of the ability to observe mundane, even annoying, sounds and then weave them into a musical tapestry that’s greater than its parts. It might not be Bach or the Beatles (and you’ll have to ignore the shaky-cam), but somehow it works.


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Rosanne Cash; photo by Robin Little/Redferns.

I just listened…it was so interesting. I do very much admire how you look for the layers, the subtle underpinnings, rather than the glaring neon signs. You nailed it about me doing art for art’s sake, and about feeling a kinship through kindness. I sometimes feel like audiences are family and that I am taking them in from the cold for the night. Also about the respect for tradition but the pull toward something higher.

Rosanne Cash, in an email this week

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Inside Mars Retrograde; and Rosanne Cash, the Great Attractor

Dear Friend and Listener:

In this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here], we have an offering from Rosanne Cash: her music, selected by her.

I first encountered Rosanne along the astrology trail when I was working in New York City about 12 years ago, having no idea who she was.
It is rare that one gets to meet someone of that depth of talent and global fame human to human, with no preconceptions whatsoever.

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Eric, midway through the Sacred Space of Self.

Looking back on that experience, I am laughing: how was that even possible? Well, I have gaps in my cultural exposure, which in this situation allowed us to engage as fellow humans on the planet, figuring out life; and that’s who we’ve remained to one another.

With Rosanne’s consent, I describe some of the major features in her chart, including how she has the Great Attractor rising [learn more in the 2017 Sagittarius annual reading], and a configuration that describes her as an embodiment of Athena, the goddess of wisdom.

In the first segment, I offer the background on a project I just finished — The Sacred Space of Self, your 2018 spring reading, in video format. I may go into too much detail; who knows, though this is intended as background: the readings themselves flow like water.

Just for fun, I do the etymology of the “C Word” that has made news recently thanks to the B Word (Samantha), followed by a look at the Daily News horoscope for Nixon’s sign from the day that he resigned; followed by some thoughts on Mars retrograde and a possible Supreme Court decision over whether Herr Drumpf must testify before the grand jury, or answer questions of the special counsel.

In Tantra this week, I talk about what I call the “conception drama.”

I know I’m not supposed to say this, but the Sacred Space of Self is a work of astrological art, a guide to growing through and living through the forthcoming Mars retrograde. Here is a sample of the cardinal signs. You may get one sign, or access all 12 signs. Call us if you need to, or want to order by phone. We help those on limited budgets.

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Four Winds Almanac Now Includes Daily Horoscope

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Were it not for horoscopes, I wouldn’t be an astrologer. It was the Patric Walker daily that convinced me there was actually something to astrology, and I got my basic education studying his column each day in the New York Post.

I pack a lot of energy into each sign’s 50-word write-up. Part of the value of astrology is the timing, and daily allows for precision, as well as chronicling a narrative day by day.

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Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscopes for June were published Thursday, May 24. We published your extended monthly horoscopes for May on Thursday, April 26. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Thursday after the Sun has entered a new sign.

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Planet Waves Weekly Horoscope for June 7, 2018, #1205 | By Amy Elliott

Aries (March 20-April 19) — While it’s useful to listen to the opinions of others and to be open and flexible, it’s also essential that you think independently. Where facts are involved, they generally speak for themselves; outside of that, the best one can do is develop an honest viewpoint that’s as informed as possible. Truth is rarely found through group consensus. Respect yourself enough to value and draw on your own ideas; and if you think someone is trying to impose theirs on you, speak up loudly enough to make sure you are heard. — by Amy Elliott

Eric has now completed all 12 signs of The Sacred Space of Self, the 2018 Spring Reading on Chiron’s transition into Aries, and Mars retrograde in Aquarius over the summer. Order today and get all 12 signs for just $99. Check out our brand-new sample video here.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Since Uranus entered your sign, you seem to have been tackling the question of autonomy, in terms of scoping out what that means to you, and where you feel your limits are. Staying within those limits feels comfortable, if dull at times; yet, pretty much the entire point of Uranus is to push them. It’s possible you’ve already been doing this in small ways a couple times; I would suggest you continue. Part of this is about fidelity to your most fundamental values; the ones you created by yourself, that is; not those imposed on you. — by Amy Elliott

Eric has now completed all 12 signs of The Sacred Space of Self, the 2018 Spring Reading on Chiron’s transition into Aries, and Mars retrograde in Aquarius over the summer. Order today and get all 12 signs for just $99. Check out our brand-new sample video here..

Gemini Birthdays 2018-19:
Final Days for Lowest Price on Your Gemini Reading

“All I can say is I am so — stoked. Not only are you giving us a reading, but a teaching that is invaluable. Thank you so very much Eric. You rock!!!”

— Anna Marie Davis

Dear Gemini Friend and Reader:

Now that the Spring Reading is complete, Eric intends to record your 2018-19 Gemini Birthday Reading within a short time. Once we publish that, we’ll increase the price — so be sure to pre-order soon to lock in the best value.

These readings are an excellent resource: a creative invitation to learn about yourself in these wild times, and a well of information about what’s going on around you that you can draw from again and again. You’ll want to secure your copy of this reading as a toolkit for your year ahead.

“Thank you so so much Eric. ‘Wow’ is all I can say. You are truly amazing at what you do. In gratitude & much love.”

— A.Z.

Your Gemini birthday reading will consist of two 30-minute astrology segments, packed with details about the ensuing 12 months — plus goodies such as access to last year’s reading.

Eric’s technique makes his readings relevant to anyone with Gemini Sun, Moon or rising, allowing him to speak to you as if personally. He delivers the reading in a friendly and accessible way, without compromising on accuracy or quality.

You may pre-order your 2018-19 Gemini Reading here for just $33. This reading also makes for a unique and lasting birthday gift for the special Gemini in your life.

With best wishes,

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P.P.S. If you’ve never listened to one of Eric’s birthday readings, you’re invited to listen to last year’s Gemini reading as a gift from Planet Waves. Review your year and get oriented for this year’s reading.


Gemini (May 20-June 21) — It’s all very well to be swept off one’s feet by another person (or an idea), but eventually it becomes necessary to stand with both feet firmly on the ground. Allowing yourself to be carried for longer would actually be an insult to your own intelligence. You have the strength and brainpower necessary to steer your own life, and you should not underestimate either, no matter what someone might tell you. You’re likely already aware of how important certain plans are to you. Keep that picture firmly in your sights. — by Amy Elliott

Eric has now completed all 12 signs of The Sacred Space of Self, the 2018 Spring Reading on Chiron’s transition into Aries, and Mars retrograde in Aquarius over the summer. Order today and get all 12 signs for just $99. Check out our brand-new sample video here.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — This week could see you able to leave behind some of the recent challenges you’ve been facing; though, in some ways, you may be still in survival mode. You would probably benefit from keeping open certain lines of thought, and continuing to be prepared for as many eventualities as you can. Resilience is often simply a matter of staying ahead of the game. You should soon find that you have a viable idea for moving things forward. Consider your options, opportunities and timing carefully before taking action. — by Amy Elliott

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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Your understanding of your community seems to be widening exponentially. That is, what you thought were the boundaries of your social life now seem to be making way for a more open perspective, in which you recognize that the whole human species is to some extent included. It’s as if you’re seeing the Earth from a distance and, like the Apollo astronauts, are coming to understand the fact that we really are all on the same planet. Likewise, the people you encounter every day are your brothers and sisters: every one. — by Amy Elliott

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — This week would probably be an optimal time to check in with certain ambitions and review your progress. With Uranus working its way into your 9th house, you’re likely to be reinventing this area of your life over the longer term. For the present, be watchful for any early influences that might be pulling your aim lower than your potential can reach. This isn’t about anyone’s convenience, least of all people from your past for whom you perhaps stepped aside too often. This is about freeing yourself from all such limits. — by Amy Elliott

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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — If you have a specific trajectory set forth in terms of your aspirations, be sure to leave a little leeway around the edges. You may be tempted to consider your path as set, and to carry on regardless of any questions or doubts, because it seems simpler. However, it would probably be wiser to allow some flexibility, and pay attention to any misgivings you might have. Also, it could be worth listening to what others have to say, while being aware of their possible intentions. The choice of where to go next still ultimately lies with you. — by Amy Elliott

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Don’t allow your concept of who you are to be trapped in past notions. Whatever your caregivers or other early companions may have suggested on this subject, the chances are you’re better and stronger. Though at times it could be tempting to draw the old persona round you like a cloak, you’re far more likely to be happier in the long run if you simply meet the capabilities you know you possess; and then go on expanding them. Think of any restrictions as a gauntlet thrown down, and take up the challenge to break through. — by Amy Elliott

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You may be feeling a little uncertain, restless or on edge this week regarding where you’re headed in general, especially if your sense of purpose appears somewhat obscured. Take it easy on yourself; and particularly if this becomes stressful, open up to someone you trust. Make sure you communicate your needs with especial clarity. People are often very willing to help, if we only reach out and ask, and offer trust. Be careful, however, to notice and own your emotional baggage, and have others do the same. — by Amy Elliott

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — The inner guide can occasionally seem more like a nagging parent than a part of the self, to the extent that fighting it becomes an attractive prospect. Yet it’s important to understand why you feel it necessary to rebel. Sometimes this can be because you’ve imbibed an idea that really is outdated and needs to change. If that’s not the case, you might ask yourself why you’re inclined to avoid doing what’s probably best for you. There’s no need to rush that inquiry, so long as you deal with the results honestly. — by Amy Elliott

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) —
Creative efforts may receive a boost this week; but I’d recommend you don’t lock yourself away and wait for the thunderbolt to descend. Instead, go outside and talk to some friendly people — or rather, listen. Let their stories inspire you; keep to hand a means of making notes, too. Even the most trivial details could be a source of inspiration. One other thing: take care to avoid the trap of simply communicating your artistic ideas and feeling as if you’ve just executed a painting, or whatever. Art involves substantive work, not merely dressing the part. — by Amy Elliott

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — This week is likely to involve some tying up of loose ends, before moving toward what is hopefully a more congenial phase of your life. You may benefit from rearranging your mundane affairs, and considering cutting out any practice that doesn’t seem to lead to anything productive. If someone’s getting in the way of you managing your life, don’t be afraid to wrest full control of that situation. What you’re trying to accomplish is too important to have petty minds create a drag on your attention. Be firm with your boundaries. — by Amy Elliott

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2 thoughts on “Steps Along the Way

  1. Caterina Ragusa

    Ya know, I would be interested in a cross analysis of the sixties assassinations and the mass shootings of today. It seems like a similarly frustrated problem of our society and our history, mixed with a large convoluted web of global political corruption.

  2. Caterina Ragusa

    Killer article though, I think you nailed it with ” The hapless public was not ready to take on the responsibilities that the Uranus-Pluto conjunction demanded.”

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