Planet Waves
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Original lineup of King Crimson. Check the web edition soon for proper identification.
Tonight on Planet Waves FM
Making Sense of the Senseless

Dear Friend and Reader:

In this week's edition of Planet Waves FM [play edition here], I look at yet another senseless mass murder, and consider all the theories that you won't hear about on cable news or read in most coverage, in particular.

I consider violence as a struggle for identity; the distortion of eros and thanatos; and the ways people have been driven out of their bodies by electric media. And of course, it all comes down to military-grade weapons on sale at the local shopping mall.

You'll hear part two of my presentation on Chiron, and a discussion of monetizing sex -- that is, the nuances of sex work. On the show I mention an article on the history of the minor planets, from The Mountain Astrologer -- here it is.

My musical guest is King Crimson, from their first album, In the Court of the Crimson King.

Thanks for listening.

With love,

Planet Waves

Introducing the 20th Annual Edition of Planet Waves
Growth Is Inevitable. Becoming Is an Art Form.

Dear Friend of Planet Waves:

Here's the thing: Life goes on. No matter how crazy the world is, we who are alive must keep on living. And that means we must keep growing and becoming.

The more chaotic the world becomes, the more we need a tool that can help us spot the patterns in the chaos -- and that would be astrology. I have long considered astrology just one resource among many potentially useful ones, though with each passing day, the gift of pattern recognition, and how these patterns relate to our lives, is a service that astrology is uniquely suited to provide.

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Me, at my music desk in The Place of the Way, my new studio.
I have begun preparing THE ART OF BECOMING, the 20th annual edition of Planet Waves. This letter will tell you more about the project, which, if all goes reasonably well, will be delivered during the month of January.

Brief note on pricing policy: we offer the best price for those who purchase sooner. The current price point is $99; this will be increased again soon to the final pre-order price of $111.

My annual readings provide not only insight but spiritual and psychological leverage. I am not here to predict the future, but rather to help you design your future. The project began as an extended January monthly horoscope; it's now more like an astrological novel, written with the pacing and detail of well-crafted fiction writing.

My focus is on love and work: your relationship to yourself, followed by your relationship to others; your professional activities, financial matters and tapping your creativity.

In the end, I consider myself a motivational presenter. I see my job as helping you get excited about your own potential, and describing the specific ways you can manifest your desires into reality.

In the next section, I will describe some of the transits I'll be writing about in THE ART OF BECOMING. I present these events in human language, using technical terms only as necessary -- and explaining everything as I go. As a journalist, I write to be understood.

This is astrology written for humans, in human language, using concrete examples and images.

The Outer Planet Transits of 2018

Even by contemporary standards, 2018 is a distinctive year astrologically. We are still feeling the effects of the Uranus-Eris conjunction (the impact of the digital revolution on consciousness). But many, many more things are happening. They include slow-moving planets ingressing new signs. When several outer planets make moves at the same time, you know that everything will be in motion and a new world will arise.

These transits include:

Jupiter in Scorpio. That began earlier this month, and this one-year transit, ending in November 2018, in many ways sets the tone for the year: tapping the spiritual wisdom associated with matters of transformation, sexual awareness and experience, and the ability to have a deep conversation when it counts the most.

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Starting chart file and notes for THE ART OF BECOMING.
Saturn enters Capricorn. Saturn will join Pluto in Capricorn, its first sign change since late 2014. This will place Saturn square the Aries Point, the intersection of the individual and the collective.

Family material, our relationship to the government and the corporate spheres, and those entities themselves will come into focus. This is the beginning of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 2020.

Chiron Enters Aries. In 2018, Chiron will change signs for the first time since 2010, when it entered Pisces. Chiron in Aries will focus the question of identity, in an age when many people are confused about who they are and why they are on Earth. Chiron has been my astrological specialty since beginning this work in 1994. I will give this beautiful transit the attention that it deserves.

Uranus Enters Taurus. For the past seven years, Uranus has been in Aries, making two significant alignments: the seven-part Uranus-Pluto square (the Occupy! movement, Arab Spring and the Wisconsin labor rebellion), and the Uranus-Eris conjunction (the impact of digital conditions on individuals and society). Now Uranus will move into Taurus, which you might describe as The Body Electric. This will focus attention on physical reality, recognizing the technological impact of Uranus.

Minor Planet Transits. Pholus (small cause, big effect; multigenerational addiction issues) and Quaoar (creation myth and family patterns) are among the important minor-planet sign changes of 2018. I will take these into account, along with many other minor planet movements.

Product and Pricing Details

Each reading is chapter-length (about 5,000 words or longer) and takes about 12 hours to chart, compose and write. They are presented in web format, and two formats of printable PDF -- US Letter and A4 (European letter). I am planning to deliver the readings during the month of January -- the earlier the better!

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The 20th annual edition of Planet Waves corresponds to the Time-Space tarot card. This card is from the Voyager Tarot by Dr. James Wanless. Other decks call the card "Judgement."
This reading is written for your Sun, Moon and rising signs. It's also designed to be read for significant others, business partners and children. We have a "one purchase per household" policy. If you're going to share with your kids and their housemates, please send a gift.

The current price is just $99 for all 12 signs, the equivalent of $8.25 per sign. We will hold it there for a while before increasing to our final pre-order price of $111.

Individual sign sales will start at about $29 per sign. Most people who purchase individual signs end up buying more. It pays to get it with all 12 signs.

We will have a special announcement late in the year for those who need sliding scale pricing due to financial constraints.

A Writing Adventure

Writing the annual is always an adventure. I bring all of my talent and experience to this work: my spiritual training, my astrological training, my therapy training and much else. Then -- I sit at my desk and weave the story of our lives.

Writing astrology is a special task, because of the profound power of suggestion that this kind of work has. Doing the writing, I immerse myself entirely in the archetypes of the signs and the planets. I use my Pisces shape-shifting power and I become the zodiac, and its inhabitants, and tell the story of our lives from the inside out.

The result will be something beautiful: a detailed guide to THE ART OF BECOMING.

It's good to be with you.


PS -- If you want to order by phone, call (845) 481-5616. If you don't get through, please leave a message, and we will get back to you early next week.

Planet Waves

Scorpio Birthdays 2017-18
The Help You Need To Make the Most of Your Incredible Year
"Your work has always offered me food for thought, options to consider and clarity when needed. Thank you very much for what you do and how you present it."
-- Victoria Bouet
Dear Scorpio Friend and Reader:

It seems that every day, there's a new tragedy to grapple with. If you're at all sensitive, life can feel overwhelming on an almost-daily basis. Yet you have deeper reserves than you might think; your passion is a powerful tool for transformation -- and this year, you have some extra-special help in your sign.

That would be Jupiter, which is keeping you company for the next 12 months or so, and which kicked off your solar year with a potential-filled conjunction with the Scorpio Sun. You also have company in the form of Eric Francis and your 2017-18 Birthday Reading.

The key to using Jupiter's blessings well is to use them consciously, with full intention and actual action. As you do, you'll pave the way for making the most of the other major planetary sign changes coming up: Saturn leaving Sagittarius for Capricorn; Uranus entering your relationship sign, Taurus; and Chiron leaving Pisces for Aries (a Mars-ruled sign, like yours).

As your environment shifts, you'll need to adjust how you interact with it. Whether that means channeling your energy and emotions into your relationships, your home, your creative risk-taking or some other facet of life, you'll want to do so as productively and with as little wasted effort as possible. And you can.

Eric designs these readings to combine the best of his motivational life-coaching skills; the best of his therapy training; and the most down-to-Earth, practical, jargon-free astrological insights you'll find anywhere on the internet. This means the 2017-18 Scorpio Birthday Reading makes the perfect gift for your Scorpio Sun, Moon or rising sign loved ones.

You'll get two segments of astrology, a tarot reading for the year, and an extended description of your sign. Best of all, you can listen as many times as you'd like -- whenever you need a pick-me-up or some new insights throughout the year.
"The Scorpio reading described my life right now and was much needed! Thank you!"
-- Columba Genubath
How will you use the blessings of Jupiter in your sign this year, Scorpio?

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

P.S. If you'd like to secure your full reading at the lowest possible price of $33, you'll want to pre-order the 2017-18 Scorpio Birthday Reading here. And you'll want to do it soon: the price will increase as publication nears, and then will increase again upon publication of the full reading.

Planet Waves FM is published each Tuesday evening in Kingston, New York, by Chiron Return, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Host and Producer: Eric Francis Coppolino. Web Developer: Anatoly Ryzhenko. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Eric's Assistant: Ellen Dockery. Client Services: Amy Elliott. Media Consultant: Andrew Ellis Marshall McLuhan. Music Director: Daniel Sternstein. Bass and Drums: Daniel Grimsland. Additional Research, Writing and Opinions: Amy Jacobs, Cindy Ragusa and Carol van Strum.

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