PW FM :: Total Eclipse and the Cosmic Feminine

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Tonight Planet Waves FM dives into the vortex of feminine by way of a total eclipse in Virgo. In a spontaneous manifestation of symbolism, Florence Welch appeared as if to fulfill this archetype and describe it to us vividly in astrology and the music of Florence + the Machine.

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Eric has now completed BALANCE, the 2016 Midyear Reading. You can still get all 12 signs for just $57, or you may choose individual signs here.

If you’re Virgo Sun, Moon or rising, you can now pre-order your 2016-17 birthday reading by Eric Francis. There’s a total eclipse in your sign and a large gathering of planets in your sign — discover what that will mean for you.

Still from the Florence + The Machine music video for Spectrum.

Dear Friend and Listener:

Tonight Planet Waves FM [play episode here] dives into the vortex of feminine by way of a total eclipse in Virgo. In a spontaneous manifestation of symbolism, Florence Welch appeared as if to fulfill this archetype and describe it to us vividly in astrology and the music of Florence + the Machine.

To express the many facets of unusual, ulterior, side-frequency or socially unacceptable forms of the feminine, we have Florence’s chart and music for an in-depth exploration of Black Moon Lilith, Chiron, the Moon, Vesta and Eris.

Altjira (in Gemini, square the eclipse) takes the discussion into the dreamtime, and my discussion of tantra after the second song break focuses on ideas and misconceptions about time, and how to experience time differently: by climbing up into it.

With that, I wish you a pleasant evening.

With love,

PS — We feature songs from three of Florence’s albums. “Spectrum” is from the album Ceremonials, which you may get on Amazon here, or iTunes here. “Cosmic Love” is from Lungs (Amazon | iTunes). “What Kind of Man” is from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Amazon | iTunes).

PPS — I promised a link to Jealousy and the Abyss. Here is that link.

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. Designer: Lizanne Webb. Finance: Victoria Pomante, Jon McCarthy. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Client Services: Gale Jazylo, Amy Elliott. Media Consultant: Andrew Marshall McLuhan. Research, Writing and Editing: In addition to those listed above, Planet Waves is produced by a team consisting of Fe Bongolan, Kelly Janes, Amanda Moreno and Carol van Strum.


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Who doesn’t need a moment of respite from the chaos of the world? But how do you go about getting the peace and rest that you need without completely dropping out of meaningful engagement with your life?

With the BALANCE 2016 Midyear Readings, Eric has crafted pairings that can help you find that point of equilibrium between introspective self-care and being a positive agent of evolution in your environment. As Eric has said: before you can wake up, you need to rest.

This is the gift of astrology: to provide a way into your inner realm, no matter what may be distracting you outside yourself; or no matter what may be on your mind from the past. You can watch a video preview here. But the best way to find some BALANCE is to dive right in: buying all 12 signs lets you experience each reading balanced with its opposite sign for yourself and loved ones. You can also purchase one or more individual signs here.

Happy Birthday, Virgo: I Got You an Eclipse for Your Reading!

“Your work is of the very highest integrity and continually stands out in my personal and professional life as an example of the finest personal/creative/planetary ethics, discipline, joy, adventurousness, mastery and accountability. Thank you. It’s like nothing else.” — Megan Matson

Dear Reader with Virgo Sun, Rising or Moon:

Thursday, Sept. 1, there will be a stunning annular solar eclipse in your sign — the kind of eclipse that creates a ‘ring of fire’ (sunlight) around the Moon’s silhouette. It will be visible from Madagascar and Central Africa; luckily, you don’t have to see it in person to use this event astrologically in your life.

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Annular eclipse captured by the Hinode satellite on Jan. 4, 2011. Photo by NASA/Hinode/XRT.

Step one, of course, is to pay attention to the opportunities, patterns and unexpected insights or synchronicities that pop up this week and during the next couple. Step two: try to do what you love, as an exercise in setting new, productive and pleasurable patterns.

Step three: pre-order your 2016-17 Virgo Birthday Reading today.

Eric will be offering the in-depth, long-term context for the eclipse and its direct impact on anyone with a strong Virgo signature in their natal chart.

More than that, he’ll walk you through additional major astrology with a focus on how it could affect such areas as your relationships, career goals, finances, creativity and personal healing journey. Mercury retrograde in your sign, Jupiter leaving Virgo, and activity in Pisces — your opposite sign — are only a few topics on the slate.

Two segments of the reading will be audio files of 30 at least minutes each. Your tarot reading using the Voyager Tarot by James Wanless, and any summary thoughts by Eric, will come in video format. All parts of the reading can be watched multiple times throughout the year (and beyond), in case you need a refresher.

“Your readings are soothing, grounding and remarkably spot on, especially in times like these. I very much appreciate you and your work.” — Alison, a Virgo

Life on planet Earth these days is psychologically challenging, even for someone with Mercury as their strong ruling planet. If you feel like you’re standing in your own personal ‘ring of fire’ lately, find a ray of light and relief with the upcoming 2016-17 Virgo Birthday Reading.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

Planet Waves Astrology Editor

P.S. Eric’s readings make heartfelt and truly useful gifts for loved ones. Give your favorite Virgo the gift of a Birthday Reading.
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First Week of Virgo, a Season of Her Own

As part of Eric’s week to cool off from completing BALANCE, this edition revisits one of his favorite articles and a Virgo Sun classic: Threefold Goddess in a Field of Grain. If you’ve not had the pleasure before, basically this is a glorious paean to all things Virgo, including the superlatively brilliant Betty Dodson.

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Super-Virgo: Mercury Retrograde and Eclipse Season

After briefly covering some Virgo basics, Amanda Painter offers an overview of Mercury’s station retrograde today in Virgo, a sign it rules — followed by the first of a pair of eclipses on Sept. 1, also in Virgo. One question to consider: what have you been working for and serving thus far, and how well has it really served you?

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In a New Way

Amanda Moreno discusses what it’s like to use tarot cards as a guide for writing her column. In doing so, she explores different forms of transformation and how they can be seen at the collective and personal levels, and wishes us all some strength and grounding during another burst of turbulent astrological weather.

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The Last Thing You Think About

The coming of autumn is a time of profound energy that propels life forward: the end of summer, the bright colors of the leaves of deciduous trees. The cycle of life and death as reflected in creation. Today, Fe Bongolan’s column reflects on this transition with the unexpected death of a friend’s daughter.

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The Virgo New Moon and solar eclipse coming up on Thursday has the potential to find you breathless. Following a mini-lesson on the decades-spanning Neptune-Pluto square, Len Wallick suggests that if you let that breathlessness be a good thing, you could very well find yourself to have become timeless as well.

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Mercury: Getting To the (Aries) Point

Mercury is about to station retrograde once more — but this time, it’s in the last degree of Virgo, which effectively means the Aries Point, and this also takes place two days prior to a solar eclipse. Amy Elliott reckons this setup infers one piece of guidance in particular: to pay attention.

6 thoughts on “PW FM :: Total Eclipse and the Cosmic Feminine

  1. Michael MayesMichael Mayes

    On this jealousy thing. Let me tell you…I have learned many lessons in jealousy in my close relationships. And yes, I do go towards the jealousy, and it does turn me on. I commented on this sometime within the past year or two on Planet Waves. It’s a turn on for me to imagine my girlfriend out with another guy, turning him on, them getting intimate, having sex. It’s thrilling to me. I used to on occasion pick fights with guys that I thought were hitting on my girlfriends when I was in my late teens, on up to my mid twenties. The last time that happened I got my ass kicked. True story. So, yes, it’s taken a lot of inner work, and investigation, and ultimately being honest with myself about what turns me on. “Cuckolding” as it were, does not play a central role in my intimate world in any way. In fact I only discovered the feeling when I would find out that an ex had moved on, and was having sex with someone else. The deeper I looked into the jealousy & pain, and was honest about how it made me feel, the more beautiful the idea of them being loved by someone became. So, it’s important to acknowledge that in my experience this is just an idea that I’m playing with. Only until very recently have I been honest about my desire to be in an open relationship, so only time will tell how these things play out in reality. In my natal chart I have Juno conjunct Vesta at 5+ Sagittarius. I think that’s about needing space in relationships to tend the cosmic erotic flame. Whatever the cosmic erotic flame is to you; to me it’s about fulfilling desire via sex.

      1. Eric Francis

        Mike, thank you for that. It sounds like you’re tuning into the compersion dimension. Cuckholding, for the benefit of readers who are not porn aficionados, is an extremely popular – I’ve read the most popular – genre of those little erotic videos wherein a woman chooses a man besides her husband and makes her husband watch or participate in some way that’s designed to be humbling and degrading. The other lover might be younger, stronger, have a bigger cock, or apparently a super fave, is black.

        Apparently this gets a heck of a lot of interest from seemingly straight men.

        You might think of this in porno form as a commodification of something much subtler, which is honoring the full-spectrum sexuality of one’s partner, which means letting go into their choices while still feeling love and respect. There’s a reason people respond so profoundly to it: it’s a focus on the sexual power and freedom of choice of women. This is THE essential step in leveling the world between the sexes — the most needed starting point, from which many beautiful things may flow.

        Compersion, or erotic empathy, is no more or less than embracing someone you love for who they truly are, what they do, what they want, what they feel and who they love. This may be repelling to those who pretend that they are the only person their partner ever thinks about or will think about, though that’s not the world as it is. If that person happens to be you now, you’re open and free to appreciate that, while it’s real for you.

        You might say the tantric mantra is “forever changes.”

  2. Amy Elliott

    The pain of jealousy I tend to experience is, I believe, connected most closely with envy and rooted in my conviction of inferiority to just about any other person living, particularly (unfortunately) those I end up falling in love with, since it is generally in some way unrequited. I seem to be most attracted by people who move with the grace and elegance of gods, and have associates who do the same. My taste is a good deal higher than my reach :) so I guess for me possessiveness would be hubris of the first order.

    I was somewhat possessive during my marriage, to begin with – but I pretty soon realised how utterly unfair it is to impose one’s jealousy on someone else. The conventional rules of commitment are absurd. We should all be free to be with someone because we want to, rather than because we must; and after all, is that not the highest compliment to receive?

    PS – funny little afterthought
    “You don’t expect a sunset to admire you back”
    (Doctor Who total fangeek alert)

  3. Geoff Marsh

    “Old man river, dat ole man river, he must know somethin’ but don’t say nuthin’. Dat ole man ribber, he just keep rollin’ along.” There, that’s the best river song I know.

    I once knew someone who was in Doctor Who and he fancied me rotten. Jealous yet?

    Of course, as a Sun and Moon Aquarian, emotions and feelin’s are totally strange territory for me. To invert the Aquarian paraphrase: I don’t know. (I also don’t know how you got the italics for the second word in your second paragraph. Do tell.)

    It wasn’t until I was 23 that I thought I’d better find out what these “emotions” were, and I didn’t like what I discovered one little bit. They seemed to complicate the simple processes of masturbation and fiddling about with people you’d quite fancied in the pub but now that they were in your bed you weren’t quite so sure. What is this complication? Who needs it? Roll another spliff. Aah, relief.

    I suspect the Age of Aquarius, when it finally gets here, will not involve serious sex at all. Serious sex, i.e. the breeding of the next generation, with be handled by the Huxley Institute of Genomics where the brave new world order will be constructed according to iOS diktat. Unserious sex – playing around with someone else’s bodily functions as a procrastinatory hiatus – will be perfectly legal across all gender platforms provided it is infertility secure.

    Of course, there’ll be GM considerations. (I’ve always thought it significant that genetic modification has the same initials as Gregor Mendel, the most famous practitioner of the art in recent history.) Those who plan to make a career as asteroid miners will need to be adapted to low-gravity living for longish periods, so their musculature will need to be modified. They’ll probably end up being judged as freaks by those who currently sport jealousy-arousing physiques, but they will be exceeding well paid and their glamorous professions will no doubt enhance their libido. “I don’t do one-night stands, but I can give you some of my Ceres.”

    Time for a new way of thinking about all this emotional mush, goys and birls. Can’t have a new age without guff of a different order.

    Anger, jealousy, murderous rages? Let’s breed it out and look to the future where hanky-panky probably does involve just a handkerchief.

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