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Protesters Saturday in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. There were protests last night in all five boroughs of the city. Photo by Chang Lee for The New York Times.
The Week Leading Into the Sagittarius Eclipse

Dear Friend and Reader:

This week leads into a penumbral eclipse of the Moon in Sagittarius on Friday, June 5. This will be followed by a partial eclipse of the Sun on the northern solstice on Thursday, June 21.

With a Full Moon eclipse happening, we may experience a sensation of pressure rising, which will have the sensation of pushing at loggerheads, deadlock or stalemate. Given the mounting frustration in the United States, now being provoked by national protests against the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers one week ago, this could be messy.

For Friday's eclipse, the Moon and Sun are square Mars in Pisces, which is likely to spark anger, more mass protest actions, and rising public awareness. The protests are understandable. Venting rage makes perfect sense. We need to spread the word, and the vibe, to keep a grip and not condone smashing society any more than it already is.

The June eclipse pair begins a midyear cluster of events that includes the peak of Venus retrograde this week and the end of the retrograde on June 25, right after the solstice; the second conjunction of Pallas Athene, Jupiter and Pluto; and Mars entering Aries. Said simply, June will be an eventful month even on the over-the-top scale of this year.

Those who track current events need to look at what's happening on the back pages and non-mainstream websites. For example, this week Business Insider reported something you've read many times on Planet Waves: that the Huanan wet market in Wuhan was not the source of the "novel coronavirus." Rather, if it exists, it came from somewhere else. There are likely to be other revelations of this nature, if anyone is noticing.

Speaking as a journalist who has spent decades tracking down the time things happened for the purpose of charting them, nothing is understood until its origins are established. "Who cares where it came from?" might be an acceptable response, had the world economy not been shut down, with 40 million newly unemployed in the U.S. alone, and nearly everyone in the world placed under some form of house detention for months.

We are continuing to look into the questions, and the many inconsistencies, associated with the supposed pandemic and update Covid19 News several times a day. Based on all that I've read, I am urging extreme caution when speaking to contact tracers or allowing contact tracing software onto your phone or any device. This government tactic has nothing to do with a virus or a pandemic. Protect your right to privacy in all that you do. On American soil, you have a right not to answer any questions without an attorney present.

We are located near that red dot in the galactic supercluster called Laniakea. What you are seeing here are streaks and clusters of galaxies, which all contain hundreds of billions of stars. The galaxies (too small to see individually) are all being drawn to the central vortex on the upper left. Watch the video for a full description. However, the Brent Tully interview is much better.
Lunar Eclipse Conjunct the Great Attractor

Friday's lunar eclipse is conjunct the Great Attractor, which is the central focal point of our region of space. It's like the vortex of 100,000 galaxies, all being drawn together, pointed to mid-Sagittarius. Here is my best writing on that topic. Please watch the video — you will be astonished.

And here is an interview with Brent Tully the scientist who led the team that figured out what this thing is. This is me talking with one of the top astronomers of our day, asking him questions from my point of view for a solid hour — great fun for the whole family.

The combination of the eclipse conjunct the Great Attractor does not lend itself easily to a mundane interpretation. It would seem to be a wholly spiritual event that can cascade through consciousness and into the world. We are all under constant pressure to take a materialistic view of existence and its events. The Great Attractor stands as something incomprehensible. The Full Moon eclipse is like a veil being pulled back from some great mystery.

Be bold about asking difficult questions and considering possibilities that may not fit your world view.

Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.
Personal Matters Prevail This Week

This week leading into the eclipse, personal matters will take priority for many people, as we reach the peak of Venus retrograde. There are several key events: Mars conjunct Nessus on Monday; Venus square Mars on Tuesday; Venus conjunct the Sun and square Nessus on Wednesday; and the lunar eclipse on Friday.

The central figure in this week's events, including the lunar eclipse, is the centaur Nessus. This is nobody's favorite planet, though it needs to be given more credit than it gets for helping sort out issues like victim consciousness, codependency, obsession with the pain body, murky notions of sexual consent, and how "one thing leads to another" when things seem to go wrong in relationships.

The involvement of Mars is calling for a discussion into the nature of what a "perpetrator" is and how they got to be that way. The involvement of retrograde Venus is cautionary of the need to sort out the difference between the past and the present.

All healing involves a past event or events, and one's responses to whatever happened. Retrograde Venus in Gemini describes a shifting viewpoint on what happened — potentially two widely diverging versions of events, or opinions about them. Unless recognized consciously, this can be maddening. Often, one's identity is lodged in the pain body and depends on both the sense of crisis and also a version of events that support it.

Please be open to new interpretations this week. See the positive even in seemingly negative events. There is an art to this, and it has nothing to do with being Pollyanna. It is about knowing an opportunity for healing when you see one.

Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.
Mercury Square Chiron

There is one more aspect this week that completes the picture: Mercury in Cancer, square Chiron in Aries. Mercury in Cancer can be given to an emotional response to ideas, though it's also highly intuitive. The issue is sorting real information from emotional overflow or overwhelm. Intuition takes training and discernment; uncontrolled emoting tends to be a habit carried over from childhood.

Mercury will be approaching a square to Chiron all week, which is exact just hours before Friday's eclipse. It's one and the same event. There are few aspects that could more effectively blare out, "Who am I really?"

That would be an excellent question if anyone asked it sincerely, and I encourage you to do so. The thing with nearly all Mercury-Chiron contacts is that they can represent self-doubt as to one's mental capacity and intellectual ability, generally a misunderstanding or underestimation.

Said another way, in natal astrology, those with Mercury-Chiron aspects often were inflicted with self-doubt as children, and have a too-low estimation of their intelligence. Give yourself a little credit. Be disciplined in how you consider whether something is true. When sizing up the facts of a situation, a bit of methodology goes a long way.

Being dismissive is dangerous. Often the thing happening is the thing that was previously deemed impossible or ridiculous. Learn how to spot your own prejudices. Keep them right where you can see them. They are not your friends. Your true intelligence is your best friend and describes the truth of who you are.

With love,
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The DHARMA in Action — Free Video Samples Below
Repositioning yourself in the next economy.
Doing what is right for you. Tapping your talent.

Dear Friend and Reader:

Whoever you are or whatever you may do, the reshuffling and reset of the economy will affect everyone to some degree. Anyone who plans on surviving and thriving will need to reinvent themselves. Though it's now being compelled of us, this is an excellent opportunity to do what you want to do.

Times of turmoil and change present opportunity. The structure has been crushed, and we know the big players are positioning themselves to make billions. Yet everyone who participates actively has the chance to find their niche. This is the time to make your choices based on your Dharma: your true calling, and acting as if to hold the world together.

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Much of my work as an astrologer has been as a business and professional consultant.

It is my number one favorite kind of session to do: to help a musician plan their next creative phase; to help someone redesign their career; to work with an artist figuring out where their talents can best be connected to a clientele.

I've worked with many, many doctors and healers (I have a lot of Chiron in my chart), commodities traders, fine artists, attorneys, someone high up in bank security technology, a top-shelf country music star and people in every odd walk of life. I have learned many things from each of them.

This is my mission in The DHARMA, the 2020 spring reading.

Following the sign change of Saturn, Venus retrograde, Mars retrograde and finally the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction — all events describing a rearrangement of everyone and everything — I have sketched out the possibilities in detail. I suggest where to look for your talents, your energy and your marketplace.

I guide you to be the connection between someone who has something to offer and a need in society. I take a positive, motivating, passionate approach to each reading.

You may wonder how I can do this in video readings. It's a talent I've developed over many years, combined with my innate ability to see patterns and recognize solutions. My clients and customers know I put all of my intelligence and talent into everything I do. These readings are $111 for the set of 12 signs and rising signs. The way astrology works, one little idea is all you need to get you started, and I do a lot better than that.

People pay me five times that amount for a single 75-minute consultation (most people come in for two initially). I am one of the most expensive astrological consultants in the business, because I get results.

To my astrology talent I bring decades of experience as a journalist covering business, environmental issues and many other specialized fields.

The DHARMA readings will help you orient yourself. I will help you see your personal gifts and your opportunities, and put the two together. I consider your time much more valuable than your money, and use both efficiently and creatively.

The samples below are the first five minutes of each sign and rising sign. The readings go 40 to 45 minutes, and I tend to warm up and get cooking a little ways in, once I catch the groove of the chart.

The world needs your help right now. You have an opportunity to find the right thing to do. Take a positive approach to your situation, and follow your Dharma.

All 12 signs are available here for $111. There is something in each sign for everyone, and you may share the readings with your household.

Individual signs are available here starting at $44 for the first sign.

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

With love,
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Here are free five-minute reading samples of THE DHARMA:

Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscope for June was published on Thursday, May 21. We published your extended monthly horoscope for May on Saturday, April 25. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope after the Sun has entered a new sign.
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Monday Morning Horoscope #231 for June 1, 2020 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) — It would serve you well to have as your goal in life to be trusted, and to conduct yourself only in ways that facilitate this. The way to begin is by taking total accountability for your actions, your choices and your feelings. Even then, it's possible to hold accountability for an event that seems to be outside your control. I suggest you go to a position far from the accepted social norm in the Western world — it's someone else's fault if a person slips and falls. To shift away from this is not convenient. It involves taking on liability for what may not be provable as your 'fault'. Yet this is a special exercise, designed to establish where, exactly to draw the line. You can start your analysis from either end: "I'm not responsible for anything," or "I'm potentially responsible for anything." Currently, it would make more sense to take on total accountability and then learn how to rule out certain claims, after carefully observing yourself, anyone else involved, and doing an honest analysis. That's the tricky part. You will not be able to guess, and figuring out where your accountability lies will take time. Get your full Aries reading by Eric here.

The Journey of You and Chiron | A New Reading by Eric Francis

Anyone who has encountered it is curious about Chiron. Planet Waves provides one of the few dependable online sources of information on this unusual planet. For the 10th anniversary Astrology Studio reading, I will be covering Chiron in Aries — a momentous event for all those born under this sign, and of high interest to everyone else. Get instant access to this reading here.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — To the extent that your notion of sexuality is in any way associated with power, now is an excellent time to question that belief. This may include revisiting any event in your life that taught you that others have power over you, or that you are in any way helpless. It may be that certain people are dangerous and that others have at some time harmed you. If you are still affected by those events, you have something to place at the top of your healing agenda. There is, however, something else, which is the idea that sex is always a matter of power and that someone who holds this belief is automatically the weaker party. If we counted the ways this concept is hazardous to your peace of mind, that would take a while. Any idea that places a person inherently into the position of victim is the more serious danger than any physical or emotional threat. The reason is that such a state of mind interferes with the ability to be discerning. One can project danger where there is none, laying the burden onto everyone. This need not be. Get your full Taurus reading by Eric here.

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You can now get instant access to your 2020-21 Taurus Astrology Studio here for just $44. This reading focuses on a professional breakthrough toward the end of the year, and preparing you for this development. Venus retrograde in the spring is preparation. Mars retrograde in the autumn is preparation.

Ultimately this is a spiritual development, yet in reality we are talking about aligning your purpose with action, with a calling, and with an opportunity. Elements of the reading go out to a series of power steps in 2021. Read more.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You must keep a sense of proportion where certain matters of the past are concerned. Your charts suggest you're being called to address something from your personal history. Rather than considering your ideas about it, or the ways it was encrypted into your experience, first address the most basic facts of the situation. What situations and events led to it? Where did it take place, and how did that come about? Who was aware, before, during and after? It's important to have a wide definition of the circumstances. I would propose that the best use of this astrology is to seek healing. For that, you need to correct your memory of what happened. This will take an unusual degree of honesty, and that will require curiosity. If this has troubled you for a while, it will help if you understand why that is. It may seem to "go without saying," though you definitely want to connect your feelings to your thoughts to your voice. Then listen to yourself, or read what you've written. Get your full Gemini reading by Eric here.

Your 2020-21 Gemini Astrology Studio, The Sacred Space of Self, is now available for instant access. The reading covers Venus retrograde in your sign, Vesta in your sign, Saturn in Aquarius, and the momentous astrology at the end of the year.Thank you for your business and your trust.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Mercury has entered your sign, and will be treading a delicate path these days. So, too, are Venus and Mars. These three planets are integral to how we feel and perceive the world. They address many different state of mind issues. And, interestingly, this week they are all making contact with centaur planets (in various combinations, Chiron, Pholus and Nessus) which suggests many people will be dealing with deep material, and potentially be triggered. For you, Mercury is offering a reminder worth considering: how you frame an issue or a topic will determine how you think of it, and what you think it means. How you describe a problem or seeming problem sets the parameters of whether and how you solve it. For example, some people tend to see every difficulty as presenting a potential opportunity. This is not merely rhetoric; it is an approach to existence. For healing to be real, the challenge most certainly must have the element of opportunity. Otherwise, what is the use? Get your full Cancer reading by Eric here.

You may now pre-order your 2020-21 Cancer Astrology Studio for just $33.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Remember you are bigger than your circumstances, or any life situation, or any problem you may face. The astrological metaphor is that your sign is ruled by the Sun, into which every planet and asteroid, and the entire Kuiper Belt, could disappear without even being noticed. Yet it is odd the ways in which Leo can sometimes embody a sense of littleness. Recognize that this is a choice, often one made out of habit. The whole notion of who and what you think you are is habitual, usually based on past conditioning. We all received negative messages as children, and some received more than their psyche could handle. Among other things, this manifests as a lack of curiosity, and a compromised ability to feel one's potential. You can unravel this. The worst is over, and most of the ways these habits are enforced is by your own choices — and those have roots and origins. Simply said, you don't need to send yourself the negative messages you heard when you were younger. You can be positive, though the short way through the forest is to allow yourself to be curious. Get your full Leo reading by Eric here.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — When you make an assessment of what someone thinks, or what someone means when they say something, it's crucial that you account for your own values. You are in the territory of "we see things as we are." Therefore, be careful about ascribing motives, or reading too much into what you think of as the tone or the timing. If you find yourself getting judgmental, ask yourself why. If you come up with a "reason," test whether it's intellectually or spiritually valid. Given all of the various prevailing conditions of the planets right now, you want to be in a continuous state of inquiry. Current aspects could also have you experiencing bitter distrust of your world and of people generally, and of certain individuals. I suggest you not count your perceptions as being valid, but rather, keep an open mind and ask yourself why you're reacting if you're reacting. There is, however, a deeper question: what is your relationship to pleasure, and the things that give you pleasure? For example, music, or reading books? That, and you need human company, with someone you trust, in person. Get your full Virgo reading by Eric here.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You will need to keep your adult presence this week, and remember you are looked to as an example in all that you do. You may be called upon to make decisions, and you will need to take your time with them rather than acting in a lurch. This does not mean you should be indecisive. You'll need to use your sense of when you have enough information and have sufficiently polled the people whom any decision impacts. There is an art to doing this. That involves seeking the views of others, without getting pushed around or allowing them to persuade you. I have seen that few have any clue how to do this; many think listening to someone means doing what they say, rather than hearing and attempting to comprehend. Listening means listening, and taking responsibility for what you learn. Be cautious of those who try to push a sense of urgency on you, trying to get you to act faster. The first question to ask when presented with ANY decision is, when does this need to be finalized? Get your full Libra reading by Eric here.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Be honest about your desire nature, even if you don't feel it fits your image. If you want to be seen and noticed for something, let that be being real. It usually turns out that those who think of themselves as real can be honest about everything except for sex. You now have a rare moment where transparency is possible, and therefore so too is accountability. This is not all about 'bad things', though this is a good time to come to terms with anything of that nature. The zone where there's the biggest hang-up is not about pain but rather about pleasure. The obsession with pain often involves an avoidance of that which is positive or creative or just fun. So I suggest you take a balanced view, and be real about yourself on all fronts: every version of what has happened to you and how you feel about it; what you have chosen to do and how you feel about it; and who and what you want. Let this be a liberating experience. Get your full Scorpio reading by Eric here.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — To some extent, family messes up everyone. It may be to a greater or lesser degree; the injury or mistrust inflicted may be addressed, or it may fester. One's past, no matter how difficult, may teach cruelty or compassion. Nobody else can dictate for you how to use your personal history, though many will try. Neither is your situation political, which means appropriate to transact anger for public power. (That may be your nemesis.) Keep what is personally yours personal, so you may take care of yourself, heal and grow. That includes sharing your feelings and your experiences in an intentional context, with someone you trust. Meanwhile, if you don't feel safe in your home environment, you have the ability to make a decision about that. You are no longer subject to your circumstances as if you don't have any power. Between the state where you feel unable to choose and the one where you are able to is a change of awareness equivalent to sunrise illuminating the world, revealing your options. Get your full Sagittarius reading by Eric here.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — The kind of stress you've been under is not easy to endure for long. However, you may have noticed that a particularly demanding kind of intensity and pressure has given way to a space where you may choose voluntarily to adjust your awareness, make choices and grow. At the heart of this is an increasing ability to see yourself beyond your physical circumstances, and the most concrete definition of your personal history. You are learning to allow your awareness to expand. At times this seems to take tremendous courage, though it's on the level of the first time you walked to the store alone as a child. To enter your frontier you must leave behind the familiar. Your old ideas do not protect you. Your longstanding concept of reality no longer serves you. It is too small for who you are. Yet to exist in some other reality you would need to see yourself much more elegantly than you do today. Get your full Capricorn reading by Eric here.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You want to be approved. Yet that desire would only come from not approving of yourself, which in turn would lead you to wonder whether someone else could ever do so. Herein we have the paradox of seeking self-approval outside oneself. I suggest you make a list of everything you want approval for, and from whom. Let this be an evaluation of how much of your power you've given to others. Also note the extent to which society is built around the concept of giving power away in this particular form. Most people, before purchasing a product or going to a restaurant, want to read the reviews — none of which assure that you will have a positive or negative experience. It's true that restaurants (and books and plays) depend on reviews, and many good things have been lost to history due to clueless critics. When it comes to something you have personally done or created, or some facet of your character, you cannot outsource that. Ultimately, you must make up your own mind about yourself and what you do. Get your full Aquarius reading by Eric here.

Astrology Studio for Pisces | A New Reading by Eric Francis

This is a momentous time in collective history, and a turning point in your life. As the year develops, most of the movement — including Pisces' ruling planet Jupiter, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction — will be pointing into Aquarius, the most sensitive and innermost angle of your chart. I will also cover the retrogrades of Venus and Mars, and the forthcoming Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in your friendship sign Capricorn. Mostly, I will help you orient on your profound journey, and offer guidance how to harmonize with the world at this unusual time. Get instant access to this reading here.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You are passing through some tricky territory for the next week, with Mars in your sign making many aspects, and a lunar eclipse coming up on Friday. However, do not overestimate the danger or personal risks. Rather, do what you can to keep a balanced perspective. That means not getting yourself caught in any hype or controversy, and taking your time evaluating any situation you might meet. Remember you must make up your mind about every issue that personally affects you: that is your privilege and your responsibility. The place to devote most of your loving attention is relationships centered in your home. Pay attention there and do what you can to ease any stress and to facilitate goodwill and healing. As for your endeavors in the seemingly outer world — such as asserting yourself in professional affairs — now is the time to step forward and take some territory. Events may proceed in unexpected ways as the week develops, which can work in your favor — if you remain true to yourself. On a spiritual level and all others, this is the challenge. Get your full Pisces reading by Eric here.

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