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Today is the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear bomb test

Splitting the atom was one of the most catastrophic events in human history, and in scientific history. It should never have happened, rationalize it though many people do. Today is the 75th anniversary of what is called the Trinity Test, the first detonation of a nuclear device. The splitting of the atom came years earlier; this was an actual bomb. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists — a publication for which I have great respect — has done a commemoration of the anniversary.

For those interested in the astrology of atomic issues, here is my most recent, thorough article, called Notes from Downwind (we are all downwind).

From today’s Bulletin:

On July 16, 1945 the first nuclear bomb exploded near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The Trinity test marked the culmination of nearly four years of secret research led by an unprecedented collaboration of the world’s top scientists and the US military. It also guaranteed that the uranium gun-type weapon dropped on Hiroshima could be followed by another that used the plutonium implosion design tested at the Trinity Site. In essence, Trinity was a test-of-concept for the bomb that leveled Nagasaki.

The history of the Manhattan Project and the birth of the bomb have been examined and reexamined countless times over the past seven decades—as have the threats they posed to humanity.Though nearly all now are dead, many scientists, soldiers, and family members who attended the birth of the bomb documented their first-hand experiences in the pages of the Bulletin in a way that lives on, providing an exceptional and vivid glimpse of their struggles to achieve victory in war and science.

Read together, the eyewitness excerpts below offer a new retelling of the Trinity test, woven entirely from words that more than a dozen of the project’s protagonists first published in the Bulletin.

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Photo by Lanvi Nguyen

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Mercury Direct, Mars Conjunct Chiron, Schedule Notes

Three Eclipses are Behind Us

Classic comic: The Gentrification Cycle | By Jen Sorensen

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Full Moon as seen from Croom, Maryland. Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.

July 2020 Monthly Horoscope by Eric Francis

The Big Country | USA at Pluto Return

Comic: Faces of the Maskless | By Jen Sorensen

My original copy of The Grapes of Wrath, circa 1979, and a Fender Telecaster. Photo by Eric Francis.

July 4, 2020 | In Search of the American Dream

True Mirror: Venus Stations Direct | By Eric Francis

Comic: Cancel Culture | By Jen Sorensen


Illustration by Lanvi Nguyen

Letter to the United States of America About Your Inheritance

Solstice Cluster, the First

My Escape from Christianity | By Joshua Halinen

Comic: War of the Worlds 2020 | By Jen Sorensen

Your 2020-21 Cancer Astrology Studio is now available for instant access. This year, the time of Cancer begins with an eclipse on the solstice, as well as Mercury retrograde in your sign. This is astrology that points to you in a personal way, describing a transition you may not feel ready to make but have been preparing for over long years. Chiron in Aries is also a prominent factor, pointing to some pioneering developments in your professional life. I cover these aspects, and much more.


Interval of Decision: Where Are We Going? (part one)

What is real and what is not?

Comic: Viewpoint Discrimination | By Jen Sorensen

Your June 2020 Monthly Horoscope

They Were Barefoot in Babylon (How We Got Here)

The Coronavirus Novel: Essays by Eric Francis

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.

Photo by Lanvi Nguyen

Is It, or Isn’t it? Pandemic Theories Outside the Mainstream

Venus Retrograde Begins:
The Dream of a Common Language — With Yourself

You’re not a conspiracy theorist. Not even close.

Comic: Who’s Afraid of a Little Pandemic? | By Jen Sorensen

Why you need to know how to take care of yourself

Guide to Thinking for Yourself: Beyond the Paradigm of Paradigms

The Beltane Full Moon by Eric Francis

THE DHARMA readings are complete and available for instant access! These are 12 uplifting, motivational astrology readings for your sign and rising sign. Many times I have quoted Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: “We do indeed live in an age of decadence, but the Dharma is not decadent. The Dharma is the same as it always has been.” Despite the challenges of our time, you can focus on your purpose, which is related to the World Purpose. You can step into your calling as one who came to our planet to make a positive difference. This is integral to your healing path, your personal mission and the necessities of the world. In this new video reading, about work and relationships, we will use the astrological markers of our moment to point the way, and clear the way. Order all 12 signs of THE DHARMA here.

Comic: Tips for Social Distancing Outdoors | By Jen Sorensen

Beyond the Thrill of Death by Eric Francis

Beyond the Paradigm of Paradigms by Eric Francis

An Earth Day Unlike Any Other by Eric Francis

Comic by Jen Sorensen | Who’s The Tyrant?

Miracle Hour – Course in Miracles Radio Series

Comic by Jen Sorensen | Poetic Justice

What Happened at the Last Saturn-Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn?
by Spencer Stevens

Beyond the Paradigm of Paradigms
by Eric Francis

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Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.

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.

Ongoing Thoughts About Our Planetary Situation

Comic by Jen Sorensen | Flattening the Crazy Curve

Libra Full Moon: Peace, Love, Intuition

The Road Ahead, the Road Beyond

Hobo Supermans by Jim Davis.

Silent Spring — and Summer, Autumn and Winter

When Do the Natives Get Restless? | By Eric Francis

Comic by Jen Sorensen | Plague Insurance

Your April Monthly Horoscope is Available

Illustration by Jessica Shepherd.

Turning Point, Tipping Point | Aries New Moon; Saturn in Aquarius

Comic | What the GOP is Doing While You Struggle to Breathe

Suggestions for Keeping Things Together in a Crisis | by Eric Francis

Saturn in Aquarius | by Eric Francis

Equinox, Saturn in Aquarius & Monday Morning Horoscope | by Eric Francis

As the Worm Turns | by Eric Francis

Coronavirus Spring Break | Comic by Jen Sorensen

Photo by Lanvi Nguyen

“Thank you for your LITERALLY life-changing work. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate what you do. I went from a homeless veteran (with 2 children) to a first-time homeowner over the last 3-1/2 years. Eric’s words guided me to a place my family now calls home. I have followed him for years (since his NY Daily News days) and I am stunned by his accuracy. The Art of Becoming [reading] was so on topic that I used it as a guide for the whole year. In fact, I most likely would NOT have had the courage to buy a home if it wasn’t specifically mentioned in that reading. I had slept on inflatable furniture, cots and couches for so many years that I was mostly focused on having my own room. Just the thought of buying a home seemed too overwhelming for me. However, thanks to Eric and the rest of the team, I now have my own space.”

— March 2, 2020 email from Casey O.

Get instant access to your 2020-21 Aries Astrology Studio now.

Photo by Lanvi Nguyen

PS — Neptune in Pisces: Parallel Worlds by Eric Francis

Our Grow or Die Moment by Eric Francis

Americans Can Sure Take a Beating
(and your February monthly horoscope)

Saturn Conjunct Pluto: The Initiation
By ERIC FRANCIS | Monday Subscriber Edition

A Proper Introduction to Salacia by Eric Francis

PS — Neptune in Pisces: Parallel Worlds by Eric Francis

Our Grow or Die Moment by Eric Francis

Audio introduction to the RESPECT series of readings | LEARN MOREPURCHASE

Respect by Eric Francis

Introducing the RESPECT series of readings | LEARN MOREPURCHASE

The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy. This is an artist’s conception.

In 2020 we have not one but two conjunctions that mark the turn of a generation, and of an era in history. On Jan. 12, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn form their once per 36-year conjunction. Then on Dec. 21. 2020, Jupiter and Saturn, both now in Aquarius, form a conjunction in the first degree of that sign. READ MORE.

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We’ve compiled pages by sign, featuring all 12 of your 2019 monthly horoscopes by Eric. You can read them as a developing story, reflecting your past year. Sign art from 2019 is by Lanvi Nguyen. Here are the links for each sign:

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