Introduction to Next World Stories

Dear Friend and Reader:

Welcome to Next World Stories. The idea of this website, the 11th annual edition of Planet Waves, is a place to envision the future, which I have discovered is not an easy thing to do, nor is it an easy thing to get others to do. Fortunately, we have some of the future to work with, so let’s get the conversation going.

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Giovanna. Photo by Eric Francis.

I’ve put nearly all my writing energy, so far, into the horoscopes. They are a careful explication of Pluto in Capricorn, the Aquarius alignment, the Saturn-Uranus opposition and in some cases using minor planets. Working with Pluto in Capricorn felt like drilling through a mountain. This opened the way for a reading of the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius, which all the signs have interpreted for them. I have taken into account many factors that I did not mention, because it would have taken too many words to explain each of them. Those frequently include Eris in Aries,¬†Nessus in Aquarius and Pholus in Sagittarius, which I do mention occasionally if I can weave in the context.

While we’re doing our best to look ahead, we have provided you with two retrospectives. The first is a Pluto in Sagittarius timeline that covers major news events from the early 1990s to the present. And we went back 250 years to the beginning of Pluto in Capricorn (the last time around) to give you a feeling of what that was like. The titles are references to music. Paul Simon in his song “The Obvious Child” noted that “the cross is in the ballpark,” a way of saying “see the obvious”; and the reference is to the theocracy that had, until about two months ago, kept a grip on our nation. “Before and After Science” is an album by Brian Eno, and the reference is to how Pluto in Capricorn arrived with the age that scholars sometimes call the Enlightenment. The two timelines are in the section represented by the red and purple Kano symbols (This World’s Stories).

We are leaving comments on throughout the website as a point of entry for community participation. You are invited to share your reflections on what you read, what you think and what you are discovering. If you write something intelligent you can be sure I will recruit you as a writer.

The project is organized in six sections, each of which gets an icon. The sections are designed to be updated; at this point we figure each about once a week, so there will always be something new.

The horoscopes are all part of the Next World Horoscopes section — which gets the blue dot, like the Target symbol or the Urantia Book, but friendlier. This section¬† has a content area where I will post all of the monthly horoscopes as they become available. You will be able to comment there about all the horoscopes, and I will post my responses to your queries about the annual horoscope. If there are a lot of questions, I will look for trends and respond to you that way.

Next World Planets (the red spiral logo) is our series on the minor planets. We will include both asteroids and new discoveries. We will update the page weekly, and when we need off weeks because we are busy or if someone is taking a break, we will use revised versions of Small World Stories planets. If you are a minor planet astrologer and would like to contribute data or a delineation of your favorite planet, please write to

This World’s Stories (the double Kano rune, red and purple) is where we are posting our stuff about astrology and numerology and world affairs; and world affairs without astrology. Here is where to look for coverage of the inauguration chart next week, and other stuff on geopolitics. Later in the year we will update this section with the best stuff coming out in our regular front page blog at Planet Waves as well.

The Next World’s Stories is our science fiction section. This is where you’re going to read all kinds of crazy stuff like the Steroid League and the social satisfaction implant. We have a team of writers out in Oregon who will be updating this section regularly and your contributions are welcome, the more insane, or perfectly sane, the better.

Finally — I should not save this for last, because it’s really one of the best things we offer, and very few people use it — is our Resources Area. This has many charts for the year, an explanation of the astrological houses, a tarot spread generator and an article about the spread, and a whole little book about Eris, called Facets and Fragments of Self.

Poke around and see what you find. Download and use this stuff. We’ve been working on it for years just to make sure you have it to use and play with.

Many thanks for being part of the Next World.

Eric Francis