The Equinox Alignments


A fair representation of a planetary body passing between the Earth and the Sun. Only three things can do this: the Moon, Mercury and Venus. This will help you visualize what that looks like.

Overnight Thursday to Friday, retrograde Mercury passes between the Sun and the Earth exactly at the Libra equinox — a rare event, connected to many other planets in the same pattern.

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JUST AS THE SUN INGRESSES LIBRA on Thursday at 9:03 pm EDT, Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun, aligning exactly with both. This fleeting moment is our harbinger of the season to come. It also describes how many people will be involved in ever-larger cycles of events as we approach the corresponding Aries equinox in six months.

There are many topics to cover right now that the current astrology weaves together — from the multiple crises in Ukraine to the economic situation to major developments on the virus front. In this article, I intend to stick mainly to the astrology, so that we have that as a reference and foundation.

I will do a close reading of the chart and take up some of the major news events as the top story on tomorrow’s Planet Waves FM. Please watch for that email or check in Friday evening. If you are not technically proficient in astrology, the article below contains plenty of interpretation. I give the astrological details for those who are curious.

This conjunction serves as a cosmic trigger, a massive physical and magnetic wave coming through to light up the landscape.

The Aries Point is Alive

When the Sun aligns with the equator or one of the tropics (as it is doing now), that is described as the “Aries Point.” That simply means that the Sun is making an aspect to the first degree of Aries (currently, an opposition), which in turn tells us that the season is changing.

The Sun is the yellow circle with a dot; note its position at 00 Libra 00. Mercury is the green thing with horns, in a conjunction to the Sun at the moment of the equinox. This is a rare event.

Tonight, just as the Sun’s rays square up with the equator and day and night are equal length nearly everywhere, something else happens: Mercury passes right between the Earth and the Sun, doubling the effect. This is the midpoint of Mercury retrograde (which ends Oct. 2) and technically called the interior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun.

(It used to be called the “inferior conjunction,” but Melanie Reinhart and I took a vote one day and unanimously changed the name.)

This conjunction serves as a cosmic trigger, a massive physical and magnetic wave coming through to light up the landscape.

The Aries Point is a wild thing — it does not exist as a physical object, yet it has all the influence of one. This may be associated with the presence of a massive galaxy called M87 sitting at one-and-a-quarter degrees of Libra. I’ll come back to that in a second.

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Elizabeth, Eristocrat of the Global Village

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On Monday, Sept. 19, we say goodbye to Elizabeth II, who reigned over the United Kingdom for 70 years. For most people, she is the only queen they can name, except maybe for Freddy Mercury.

Elizabeth was born at the dawn of radio, in 1926. The first mass medium, meaning that everyone listened together, radio transformed the world into what Marshall McLuhan called the Global Village.

Section of the natal chart of Elizabeth II. Eris is toward the bottom left — the red oval with an arrow pointing downward.

Her public debut was a live radio presentation on BBC Children’s Hour in 1940, four years after she had become heir apparent. Radio was a family legacy; the previous year, her father, George VI, had overcome a debilitating stammer — his speech freezing up — to become an effective wartime king and address his people. This was the subject of the phenomenal film The King’s Speech.

The teenage Princess Elizabeth’s eloquent broadcast encouraged strength and courage in the children of the empire who had been evacuated from the cities to temporary homes in the countryside, and even to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States — a move designed to ensure the survival of the next generation (in a time very different from our own).

“Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all,” she said, revealing something of the life she led as a royal. In so doing, she said: you’re one of us.

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Venus and Mars have a few things to talk about tonight. Image: Paul McCartney & Wings album art.

Venus Square Mars: A Case in Point

By Eric F. Coppolino

VENUS AND MARS FORM A SQUARE aspect in the mutable signs Virgo and Gemini on Friday, Sept. 16. This is one of the most interesting and potentially challenging aspects in astrology, the more so because it describes a diversity of matters that relate to gender identity, internal sexual dynamics and how someone works out their emotions and desires.

Venus square Mars, in a grand cross with Nessus (at the bottom), and the Great Attractor (on the left). The Moon shows up for the festivities, in Gemini, right new Mars.

Venus and Mars are all about human experience. They relate ideas such as come hither, let’s get cozy, you’re adorable, snag the guy, get the girl and let’s fuck.

Dogs understand these ideas. People seem to have more confusion about them.

Everyone has Venus and Mars in their chart. From its origins, astrology was visionary about this: nobody is strictly male or female; we all possess some proportion of the two. There is even an androgynous influence, Mercury.

The question is how these factors relate to one another. Are they balanced? Do they argue? Are one’s own inner masculine and feminine in some harmony? In what style are they expressed?

For the square aspect that is happening now, and generally, the question is: what do you need to work out for yourself that you’re projecting onto others?

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Full Moon, Mercury, Mars: The Big Ride Begins

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With Mercury stationing retrograde on Friday, followed hours later by the Pisces Full Moon on Saturday, we are on the big ride to March 2023. That is the moment of revelation and, among other things, the beginning of Pluto in Aquarius, which lasts until 2044.

That is accompanied by Mars entering Cancer, and Saturn entering Pisces, all concentrated around the Aries equinox of 2023. 

While it’s an important spiritual discipline to stay in the present, which really means to pay careful attention to yourself and your environment, it’s equally vital to remember where we are headed, because it’s a place in the timescape like no other. And we need preparation. I began that in my recent article, Rumors, and from a personal standpoint in the Cancer reading for An Aquarian Era (open content).

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Planet Waves Weekly Horoscopes for September 8, 2022

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — The Moon meeting the Sun, stretching across the Virgo-Pisces axis, will open a door to understanding your relationships. You may suddenly notice a lot more, by which I mean something about your total environment will be a little more obvious by the light of the Full Moon in the most intuitive sign. There are questions you’ve been carrying around for years, and conditions you’ve been experiencing for years, and for a moment, you may see the light of reality. Yet it will not be the light of the Sun. You will gain vision by the reflected feminine light of a kind of mirror that follows us through time. And it will not last long; this is a passing phase where you may make certain observations that will be easy to forget; and they will be easy to pass by, if, for example, you are distracted from what, to some, will seem like a little tiny window into your truth opening up. There’s no way to prescribe how to get the most of such a moment, which is good, because you don’t want “the most.” You want to remember something — something sublime about yourself.

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September Monthly Readings for Virgo Season

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By Eric Francis Coppolino

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Between now and next March, your life is set up to go through a long-awaited transformation. My read is that this will provide some relief from many of the problems you experienced over the past decade or so, since around 2011 (when Neptune entered your opposite sign Pisces, which primarily affects relationships). That may seem like a long time, though I don’t suggest you wait for something to happen; there is plenty to do, and it all involves your sense of purpose on Earth and the way in which you relate to your dharma. Neptune is a strange influence, and in such a prominent position, has a way of clouding one’s experience of people, places and experiences. It can describe a sense of ennui, isolation, or a distortion that you cannot describe in a tangible way. It’s as if “objects in mirror are further than they appear.” Meantime, the focus of these six months is focusing your purpose and weaving together the seemingly different facets of your professional life. Mars will be retrograde in Gemini, which is your house of career, reputation and life-purpose. What you may notice is that expressing certain elements of your calling seem to interfere with your relationships. That is the very thing that you may run into, as you finally get a grasp on an important element of your work and, more significantly, your motivation to achieve great things. If this seems to perturb someone, take note, and you will have a sense of what was holding you back, and further, what was likely to have b been creating your sense of isolation or deficit of meaning. Most people feel they have a moral or cultural obligation to favor the needs of personal partnership over those of their personal life journey. This is a false dichotomy. The two must work together, and as a Virgo, your work is the place where your soul takes root into the Earth.

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Virgo New Moon :: STARCAST from Planet Waves

We are back after a two-month hiatus. Today’s edition of STARCAST covers the Virgo New Moon, as well as the forthcoming Mercury and Mars retrogrades. I cover a diversity of minor planets, two hypothetical points, and and introduce the new planet Gongong.

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Threefold Goddess in a Field of Grain

“THE SIGN VIRGO is one of the most significant in the zodiac,” Bailey writes in her introduction to this sign, “for its symbology concerns the whole goal of the evolutionary process, which is to shield, nurture and finally reveal the hidden spiritual reality. This every form veils, but the human form is equipped and fitted to manifest it in a manner different to any other expression of divinity and so make tangible and objective that for which the whole creative process was intended.”

She describes this process as being conveyed in three female figures from mythology: Eve, Isis and Mary. Each of these goddesses conceals and gestates the inner spiritual quality of humanity until it’s born in human form as Jesus, the Christ. I don’t think she means this literally as much as she is presenting a metaphor of spiritual development, and a model of the feminine being what gestates a deeper quality in humanity.

Eve “took the apple of knowledge from the serpent of matter and started the long human undertaking of experiment, experience and expression” of our journey on and with our planet. Isis “stands for this same expression down onto the emotional or astral plane.” Mary “carries the process down to the plane or place of incarnation, the physical plane, and therefore gives birth to the Christ child.”

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Scene from The Stand, based on the novel by Stephen King.

We have been covering ‘covid’ and the lockdowns  for 900 days. Eric Francis describes what he has witnessed.

THE SCIENCE FICTION GENRE is brimming with tales of biological weapons getting loose, of plagues and other outbreaks that kill everyone. And people love them.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Chrichton (1969) addresses such an outbreak of extraterrestrial origin. The Stand by Stephen King (1978) describes the release of a biological weapon that kills 99.9% of the population and follows the stories of the survivors.

The genre has its probable origins with Mary Shelly’s The Last Man (1824, ridiculed at the time of its publication) and possibly Daniel Defoe’s Journal of a Plague Year (1722). A World of Women by J.D. Beresford (1913) is the story of a disease that wipes out nearly all of the men. Society or most of humanity getting wiped out by a disease is a topic of persistent fascination throughout history and literature.

But I do not know of one story that describes the claim of a plague where there was none, supported by bogus “scientific” evidence, pumped up by the media, endorsed by nearly all the technologists, scientists and doctors, believed by billions, and used as an excuse to take over the world.

Imagine a story where the anxiety is driven so high that when the government comes out with the “solution” to the outbreak — a deadly “vaccine” — people not only line up for it, but even bring their children in to get the shot — despite being told repeatedly that kids are not at risk.

Even as the toll mounts by the day, people refuse to look at the evidence that the only deadly elements are the lies and the “medical” interventions that people so willingly accept. Many who go into the hospital with minor symptoms — and never come home. It’s as if they are living out a fictional scenario they are certain is real.

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The recent Aquarius Full Moon took place on the anniversary of the grand cross, total solar eclipse in Leo of Aug. 11, 1999. This event, anticipated for many years prior, was the harbinger of the millennium to come.

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Trust and Vulnerability

LIKE THE 1999 EVENT, Thursday night’s Full Moon is also a grand cross in the fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. (Those are the same signs as are on the tarot card The World, and also referenced in the Book of Revelation.) The Full Moon is not conjunct the lunar nodes (that would be an eclipse). But it is at 90-degrees to the nodes, which is an honorary eclipse and an official turning point in whatever story you’re tracking, writing or living through.

Many of the same planets are involved in the pattern — Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and the Moon and Sun. It’s a bit uncanny.

This is an Aquarius event of great magnitude, conjunct Saturn in its home sign. Saturn in Aquarius is one of the remaining harbingers of the lockdown era that started in early 2020.

It is also a reminder that humans are social creatures, and most of what we have suffered is an assault on the delicate bonds that form our various communities. Saturn in Aquarius is a reminder that we must work together. The emphasis in that sentence is on work, and together. We also need to play together. Whatever may be done on a screen, it’s nothing close to actually being in the same room.

Social bonds and the desire to cooperate were already brittle at the time of the 2020 global siege, weakened by decades of the Western world transforming its social existence and human consciousness into digital format. That means algorithms, which in turn means no thought involved — just follow the script.

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Aquarius Moon: Out of Place is Where They’re at Home

THE AQUARIUS MOON has an easygoing quality that can conceal its depth of commitment. It’s difficult to tell where you stand with an Aquarius Moon person, though it’s never useful to underestimate them or to assume they don’t care. They just have unusual ways of showing it. And they are not given to the usual sentimentality that many people mistake for sincerity.

Of all the places the Moon can be, Aquarius is the one that I think, “Of course that’s where it is” when I see it in a chart. There is something odd that they all have in common, and you cannot really say what it is. One distinctive thing about them is that they have a way of giving everyone else permission to be who they are.

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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Thursday’s vibrant, magnificent New Moon in your sign has a special quality: it is conjunct the minor planet (20000) Varuna. Discovered in 2000, it was one of the very earliest of the named planets outside the orbit of Neptune. It was an important harbinger for the century that was new at the time of its discovery. First, a few thoughts on this topic and then — the rest of your chart.

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Varuna is a pre-Vedic creation god. Above all else, the message is to be fair, to honor your contracts and commitments, and to be a witness to the fundamental equality of all beings. This is a tall order for struggling humanity, though your advantage is that Varuna has been in your sign for a few years.

Equality does not imply sameness, but rather an understanding that beneath all the shifting and changing roles we play in life, we are made of the same essence. And the divinity of that essence means that everyone is entitled to be treated fairly. It is you who must uphold this standard, for yourself and in any transactions to which you are a party or close witness. It’s essential that you do not enter into contracts where you’re not wholly certain of your ability, intent and willingness to fulfill your part. Study them carefully. Insist that any unreasonable conditions be removed — or do not sign. You are responsible for the promises you make, particularly any that involve groups or some expression of ‘the public’.

You must know that this is a crucial time in your spiritual development. Jupiter and Chiron both in your fellow fire-sign Aries are encouraging you to see everything from the perspective of connection to God and the greater cosmos. This includes all that you do, and everything that you are. Of all the signs, Leo is the one that understands that the connection to divinity and to truth is accessed from within. It is a deeply personal process. Any relationship that you have with guides, teachers, gurus or way-showers is calling forth your duty to ask questions, to seek clarification and most of all, to find your own way to any destination you have determined is truly your own.

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Rumors: Mars Retrograde in Gemini

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These days, I’ve been reading about the between-life regression work of the late Michael Newton (Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls). His interest is not what happened to his clients in prior lifetimes, but rather what they experience between lifetimes during the “interval of possibility,” or what Tibetan sources call Bardo.

Apparently more is involved than floating around in blue light. Many people have critical assignments — special jobs they return to. Newton documents one case of a person whose role is to go to planets where humanity (or its equivalent) has extinguished itself, to investigate what exactly brought them to the tipping point of self-destruction.

That sounds like me, in my current incarnation. If I had to describe the true nature of my journalistic assignment on Earth, that’s it. The technological, social and ethical tipping points are matters that I have reported on with focused interest, long before starting Planet Waves and every day since.

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Our guest is English Prof. Jessica Holmes, with whom I discuss the nature of contemporary and earlier models of feminism, what happened to Roe v. Wade, and what the implications of that are.

Also on tap is a discussion with Mike Stone, editor of about the nature of the Virus Challenge that I talked about last week. Many people you may be familiar with — including Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Dr. Tom Cowan, Dr. Sam Bailey, Dr. Kevin Corbett, as well as Mike Stone, Christine Massey and others — have designed an experiment to see if virology stands up to the scrutiny of controlled science. There is a legit issue here. There is an actual debatable issue of fact, and we will have a simplified version of the discussion.

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Leo, Isis and the Royal Star Regulus

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THE SUN enters the fixed fire sign Leo at 4:07 pm EDT on Friday. It does so in an exact conjunction to asteroid Isis. This is an urgent message that we must do something about the fragmentation of self that we are experiencing under full digital conditions. Countless millions of people are walking around on the planet like confused and wayward souls trapped in Bardo.

The myth of Isis also includes an odd detail about the loss of the penis of her lover/brother Osiris — an image of dismemberment in an era characterized by chopping off our sensory organs to handle the overwhelming pressure induced by digital chaos.

There is already something Egyptian going on in the heavens as the fixed star Regulus makes its gradual transition from Leo into Virgo. The morph of a cat (Leo) and a woman (Virgo) is sphinx-like, and that is one marker of the era we are in.

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Roman coin minuted on authority of Augustus Caesar (23 September 63 BC – 19 August AD 14) depicting his probable Moon sign, Capricorn. He is said to have later attempted to withdraw the coins from circulation, as he regretted revealing this personal information. Alas, we know. Augustus, also known as Octavian, was the first Roman emperor, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14.


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“To most people reading the news, the fact of the governor shutting down Broadway and the rest of New York’s world-famous entertainment and professional sports industries was proof enough of a serious problem.”

“To most astrologers, the aspect associated with what was called a coronavirus pandemic was Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. The conjunction, which happens about once every 38 years, was exact on Jan. 12, 2020. It was the “great reset” of the Saturn-Pluto cycle most famous in recent memory for its presence in the chart for Sept. 11, 2001. ”

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2 thoughts on “The Equinox Alignments”

  1. thank YOU so very much for a frighteningly , clear and already coming into fruition
    overview of this coming year….
    I have taken copious notes and find it so very relevant .

    You Eric, are clearly such a diligent and committed soul. I have infinite respect for all the work you do.

    Judith, a LEO

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