Transitions in Progress — Sun Toward Sagittarius, Jupiter and Saturn Toward Aquarius

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We have now experienced every major astrology event of 2020 except for Jupiter and Saturn ingressing Aquarius, and forming a conjunction in the first degree of that sign on the winter solstice.

Dear Friend and Reader:

This is as quiet week of astrology as they have come this year. In fact it may be the calmest and least eventful week in several seasons. I suggest taking a moment to appreciate the relative calm. While we’re here, this is a good time to prepare for some of the transitions that are on the horizon.

We have now experienced every major astrology event of 2020 except for Jupiter and Saturn ingressing Aquarius, and forming a conjunction in the first degree of that sign. As a refresher, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction happens once every 20 years. It last occurred in Taurus on May 28, 2000.

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This article, The River of Night, captures the energy and the optimism of the pre-9/11 world. Make a note of how the feeling tone changed less than two years after this article was written.

Now try to recall the pre-Covid era, and what it was like being able to freely associate with your friends, go out, see live music, and travel freely. Never forget that, and do everything you can to remind yourself about the life that you had.

There are those moments when you really do need to rest on your laurels. This is one of them.

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Local News: Sun at the End of Scorpio

This week, the Sun is making its slide through the end of Scorpio. The Sun makes its final aspect while in Scorpio — a sextile to Saturn. This is exact at 2:17 am EST on Thursday, Nov. 19.

After that, the Sun goes void-of-course until it ingresses Sagittarius on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3:39:39 pm EST.

The Sun’s applying aspect to Saturn is an opportunity to corral important organizing projects this week. Get yourself focused. The blend of the Scorpio Sun and Capricorn Saturn is serious, deep and (in my view) delicious astrology. It’s a dark, musky form of feminine that’s infused with psychological awareness and a sense of purpose.

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Then the Sun goes void for part of the weekend, which offers time to drift and relax a little. There are those moments when you really do need to rest on your laurels. This is one of them.

The Sun making its sextile to Saturn Thursday is accompanied by the Moon conjunct the Capricorn stellium, which has an emotionally penetrating quality. Let yourself be driven by necessity, of whatever kind moves you. Necessity might feel like desire, though it’s a more compelling current. Shed the guilt and give yourself what you need.

The main work of Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn is over; now we must do the cleanup, consolidation and preparation for the next stage.

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Preparing for the Aquarian Era

When the Sun arrives in Sagittarius on Sunday, it’s exactly one month until the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. As a reminder, this is a crucial time where the energy is quick, meaning, vibrating. The main work of Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn is over; now we must do the cleanup, consolidation and preparation for the next stage.

Get busy.

As I’ve said a few times, we have two options with Aquarius. There is the “all for one, one for all” variety; and there is “who needs democracy when you can have technocracy”. For a little while we get to experiment with the “let’s work together” aspect of things. Then, depending on how that goes, we will get some result or another with Pluto.

We are not going to navigate through this alone. We must do it together, as loosely affiliated organizations and community networks.

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We are not going to navigate through this alone. We must do it together, as loosely affiliated organizations and community networks. You will have the support you need if you do the 11th house work of building community. Much is happening right now, in every part of the world.

Be not afraid! You remain in control of your health choices. We are all in this together.

With love,

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All Of Us Here – Astrology for Our Moment

In honor of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, the 2021 Planet Waves annual readings are called ALL OF US HERE. These are audio readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs.

Your Pisces astrologer, on the air, late at night.

For the next few days, we will be offering all 12 signs of ALL OF US HERE for $88.These extended audio readings will synchronize you with the astrology of the forthcoming year.

They include a video introduction wherein I describe the charts — done by Dec. 21, the day of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

There is also a separate written reading called AN AQUARIAN ERA for $88, which covers Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Aquarius from 2021-2024 – this is available for pre-order for all 12 signs. It is your best introduction to Pluto in Aquarius (2023-2044).

Dr. Thomas Cowan, left, and Dr. Andrew Kaufman, right, speaking in upstate New York on Sunday. The two presented a day of biology, virology, and approaches to healing. We were there. Photo by Eric Francis.

Coming Soon: Full-Day Workshop with Dr. Thomas Cowan and Dr. Andrew Kaufman

…who were drafted into Covid education unplanned like the rest of us…two of the best presenters on many issues — gave a full-day virology/biology/germ versus terrain theory class today, upstate location, incredible space, far far into farm country in the back hills…rather large crowd and not a mask in sight. Hugs, potluck dinner, singing, questions and answers, discussion of the 9th Amendment and Section 4.4 of the Constitution’s main text. The underlying theme was spiritual: faith in the genius of creation that made the body, spoken of in the language of biology and other empirical science. A revolutionary meeting and we knew it — talking about our health choices and the essential freedom to exist without bodily intervention from the government.

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Every week or so, I do a new edition of Planet Waves TV. Usually these focus an astrological topic or chart in detail. After initially being resistant to video, I now love doing these. The more people click on them the more I will do — and I am interested in your suggestions. The link to PlanetWaves.TV redirects to our YouTube channel for easy access. We also post to Facebook, to our front page, and include one with the weekly newsletter.

Going back to February, I’ve developed a portfolio of essays, investigative articles, videos and audio presentations on the Covid situation. These include articles about the astrology of the situation, hand sanitizer, holistic care, social critique and a wide diversity of other topics. We’ve recently added a selection of my satires, such as CDC guidance on blowing kisses. This is a truly comprehensive look at the issues, written from a worldly, nonpolitical standpoint. Here is the link.


Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscope for November was published on Thursday, Oct. 29. We published your extended monthly horoscope for October on Thursday, Oct. 1. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope after the Sun has entered a new sign.

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Monday Evening Horoscope #253 for November 16, 2020

By Eric Francis Coppolino


Aries (March 20-April 19) — Mars is beginning to pick up speed, after a long retrograde in your sign. Both Aries and Mars prefer to leap rather than to look. Mars often acts as a speed demon. At this stage, you need a different approach. For the next three months — specifically, between now and Jan. 20 — Mars is going to form conjunctions or squares to a long list of planets. The conjunctions are personal reorientations. The squares represent challenges that you will need to face. These will seem to be environmental factors, though in the tradition of the deepest spiritual training, the labyrinth is within you, even as you walk through it. Therefore, make your pace thoughtful and meticulous. You might consider this astrological maneuver: Let Mars do its thing, while you focus on Chiron. When activated, the first thing Chiron does is flip on the lights of your inner vision. You will be presented with a healing agenda, which is a gift, though it will ask plenty of you. Mars is about activity. Chiron is about existence. So you know the old joke: are you a human doing, or a human being?

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Aries preview video


Taurus (April 19-May 20) — There’s no need to push: others, or events, or the river. Let it flow. Things are going pretty well for you, which means you have the capacity to manage your time and your energy. Much that you need will be offered to you this week, so one of the first things that will help is to be open to receiving. If someone offers help, consider accepting it. Two elements are most likely to get in the way: personal insecurity, and untrue beliefs. In our time, the sense of personal inadequacy is rising to the level of a religion. It’s so predominant that those who do not feel it might experience being left out. This includes attempting to guide your life by fear, which is a form of lacking faith in yourself. Then there is untrue belief, which is taken as proven fact. Assumptions are considered the word of the lord, and often mistaken for proof. You can afford to ask deeper questions, and to demand more of yourself in one area specifically: what you accept into your mind as valid or validated, or false. Remember: the bull has two horns. Embrace the dilemma lovingly.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Taurus preview video


Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You are starting to see the benefits from what may have seemed like traveling an endless trail of complexity and complication. These benefits may come in an inconvenient form, or with the discovery of having reached a tolerance limit on certain matters pertaining to the intersection of sex, money and power. How you feel now is a good indication of how you actually feel, on a deeper level than you may not ordinarily acknowledge. It’s time. If you have persisted on this journey hoping for a positive outcome, I suggest you assess what has actually happened and acknowledge what you learned from yourself. You are about to embark on a whole new reality. At a certain point, the past must be the past — and you are at that point now. Going forward requires you to make peace with the past, collect what you’ve learned, and most of all, accept the truth of who certain other people actually are. This will call upon you to trust your perceptions and importantly, to trust what you’ve learned from experience.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Gemini preview video


Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Though others may seem to hold significant power over you, this is not true. I’m not saying they don’t want to, or that they’re not trying to. I’m talking about what is actually happening in reality. People are paying an emotional cost for their attempts to control or limit you. Given that, it’s time to wake up to your own strength, and make the decisions that you need to make. Your star is rising, and you have accomplished more than you think, even amidst various setbacks and delays. The point is, you have persisted. Give yourself credit for this much, and much more. You have stuck to your goals, and turned difficult, irritating situations into something productive. You may not have got the perfect outcome, however, that is always a work in progress. Long after Mars has moved on from your house of professional goals and your reputation, Chiron will be standing guard there. So that means that you can put all inconvenient, unusual situations to work for you. That is your mantle of leadership. The world could use more of it.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Cancer preview video


Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — You will turn a corner this week. Therefore, do not go too fast. In fact, slow down and actually feel the road you’re on and the vehicle you’re in. That means your body, your emotions, your state of wellbeing. There may be some intense moments, and you will just need to ride them out. One important factor to work with is your relationship to time. For most people, this amounts to little more than their schedule. However, that is an externally imposed structure, even if you do the imposing. What you will benefit from is internally experiencing time as a thing you occupy and work with in a conscious way — remembering that the goal of time is not to fill it all up. Leave yourself buffers. Leave yourself unscheduled and unstructured stretches, and whole days where you don’t have to deliver something (if this is possible; even part of a day will help). Learn to use time as your ally and you will feel better about yourself and the world you live in.  This year has been especially challenging for Leo. Keep on going; a new day is dawning.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Leo preview video

Tailored for Virgo Sun and rising, this new audio reading by Eric Francis introduces you to your astrology through the autumn of 2021. We will take maximum advantage of the power you are drawing from the Earth signs at the time of your solar return: Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, as well as Uranus in Taurus. This is a grand earth trine, and the thing to do is gather momentum in the direction you want to go, and then point yourself there. Eric describes the influence of Jupiter and Saturn ingressing Aquarius later this year. The reading looks closely at Chiron in Aries, accompanied by Mars retrograde in Aries — your most important relationship house. Now with full transcript. Order now for instant access. This reading is included with the Backstage Pass.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — You gain something for everything you give up. Part of what you gain is a little more freedom from certain details, and part of what you gain is an unexpected gift. This is the virtue of simplifying your life in seemingly small ways. One of the easiest techniques for that is to work with an organizing principle. This is something around which you define both your space and your priorities. Those two need to be fully integrated. For example, make space in your home, office or studio for what is important to you. This will help you focus on those particular activities. This is another way of saying make room for yourself and what you want. You do that by physically doing it. Most people try to clear time for their projects. I’m suggesting you do something physical, and clear space. This will lead to many good things, including an assessment of your priorities and removing psychic clutter as well as physical. In a nutshell, the message of your astrology is this. You cannot do too much cleaning, clearing and removing from your space what you do not need.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Virgo preview video

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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Venus is in rare form this week, clearing the last degrees of Libra. Along the way, it’s making aspects to various planets in Capricorn that have proven to be the source of much travail and travesty this year. Therefore, you currently have an unusual view of what has happened to the world, and the damage that must be repaired if we are to go forward. Before you concern yourself with the Big We of the world, look after yourself and your immediate loved ones and partners. You may find yourself having some moments of insecurity this week. Do not let them bother you. When you are in any negotiation process, stand up for yourself. Do not be willing to compromise or take a loss so fast. Hold others to their commitments, firmly, politely and most definitively. The less energy you devote to your anguish and anxieties, the more you will have for all that is creative and productive.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Libra preview video

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The Scorpio File: Astrology Studio 2020

What’s in the Scorpio file? Does anyone really know? This year for your solar return, Mercury is retrograde in your sign. Adding to the mystery, Mars, your classical ruling planet, is retrograde in Aries, about to station direct. Then Jupiter forms a conjunction with Pluto, which takes the story to the level of your soul’s mission on Earth. In this 76-minute astrology reading, Eric Francis unravels the secrets of your sign, and helps you guide yourself through this strange new time we are living in. Price is $44. Original music by Vision Quest. Get instant access here!


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — There is such a thing as good enough. Emphasize the positive, and remember what you need — especially from people. There is an old expression, “Waste not, want not.” It is based on an earlier expression, “Waste makes woeful want.” Consider everything precious right now, including desire. Imagine that desire is something you use with precision, rather than generally. Wanting is a tool, a power, that will always get some result. Therefore, use it wisely, and with premeditation. Remember that any form of focused thought is a form of desire, and you have plenty of that going on. This is the moment to be cautious and conscious about what you allow into your mind. It’s also a time to monitor your speech, and keep your words and images positive. This is a habit of thought that can be cultivated. It’s true there is plenty to be negative about right now, which is all the more reason to emphasize what is good, what is true, what is beautiful and most of all, what is truly necessary.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Scorpio preview video


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You may be feeling antsy these days, with the Sun making its way toward your birth sign. We live in restless times, and I suggest you go with that, and not take anything for granted. And while you’re there, do not assume that anyone has rights over you, your body, your money, or your plans. It is not easy to stick to one’s priorities even on a good day, and right now there is plenty of extra interference. Yet you simply must persist, and have faith that the rewards will be worth it. They may not be the ones you were expecting. To some extent, doing the right thing will be its own benefit — something I suggest you be grateful for every time you experience it. There is one thing you can do to help yourself: take leadership in your life and your affairs, particularly in your place of work. Be the person who does not need to be told what to do. Be the person who minds your relationships with others, and builds productive, trusting collaborations. This is leadership that is very close to you and your tight circle — the most important kind right now.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Sagittarius preview video


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Over the next five weeks or so, considerable pressure is about to come off of your life. You may feel like you’re being cut out of a body cast, or shedding a thick skin. You will start to feel a little less squeezed, pressed or stretched, and possibly a bit more optimistic. This is not the time to make a mad dash for freedom. These are precious days between now and the Dec. 21 solstice, and the momentous conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in your neighboring sign Aquarius. Take this time and position yourself. Orient yourself. Think through what will turn out to be an important question: the matter of what kind of life you want, and what kind of society you want to be part of. Society now means community, in the most tangible sense of the idea: those with whom you spend time, and eat, and work, and build the world. You need only one basis for alignment with others: common values, including and especially work ethic. Much is about to change rapidly, and you will be in a leadership position that will mainly involve being a kind of weaver of the social and economic world that you are creating.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Capricorn preview video


Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Your chart looks like your emotional body is passing a kidney stone. You are working out something deep, which is moving through a labyrinthine psychic structure, where there are many obstacles. You may feel like you’re driven by forces you don’t understand, or are not fully aware of. If you don’t feel that way, you might tune in and inquire of yourself. Do this especially if you feel pushed, or like your environment is being overly demanding. The quality of this week is to draw you inward, to focus on your personal priorities. Whatever these relate to, take it as easy as you can — with everything. Give yourself some Zen time and space to simply do nothing, and reflect. The beauty of consciousness is that when you let it, it can get a lot done without toil or labor. A single idea can save you five steps toward a goal. A bit of reflection can guide you to erase half of your priorities from your mental blackboard, and you will feel better immediately when you do so. More than anything, remember, you don’t need to be afraid of yourself.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Aquarius preview video


Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — All things considered, the flow of your life is going pretty well, maybe even very well if you grade on a curve. There have been stabilizing forces at work all year, mostly in the areas the most vital to you, as a Pisces — spiritual and creative. More than that, you’ve experienced some significant breakthroughs, particularly in your social reality. It’s essential now that you occupy the space you have expanded into. Move into it fully. Recognize that you have crossed an evolutionary threshold, and have entered a new phase of your life. This is an era that will be defined by cooperation and coordination, with you serving in both an organizing role and a visionary role. It’s true that in the past you’ve largely been driven by necessity, as your ruling planet Jupiter has been in Capricorn through much of 2020. Jupiter has been accompanied by Saturn, which has seemed to set some limits or at least impose structure. For this you can be grateful: as a Pisces, you only gain from working with the lessons and teachings that help you structure your life and your environment. Keep that going. Make the most of this final month of Saturn and Jupiter in Capricorn.

Story of I AM: All 12 signs | Choose your signs | Pisces preview video

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