A Very Interesting Mercury Retrograde, Conjunct the Milky Way

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Even by contemporary standards, 2018 is a distinctive year astrologically. Many slow-moving planets change signs between now and this time next year. In the reshaped world that follows, the 2018 Planet Waves Annual by Eric, The Art of Becoming, will help you design your own future. You may pre-order all 12 signs here for just $99.

Hi Sagittarius: Saturn is leaving your sign and Chiron will enter your house of play and creativity. In your 2017-18 Sagittarius Birthday Reading, Eric will consider how you might work with the shifting sky. Pre-order today for best price.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

First, today is “Giving Tuesday,” where you celebrate your favorite social causes by making a little donation. Planet Waves FM is now officially a nonprofit corporation; we received our 501(c)(3) status earlier this year. Would you please consider making a monthly contribution?

We are a small enterprise with only modest costs. Those include studio rent, dues to the Pacifica Network, and some advertising. Planet Waves, Inc. and I have set the station up, purchased the gear, built the studio, and established a presence on the internet. We got into the Pacifica Network and have done more than 350 shows. Going forward, our first goal is to cover our basic operating costs, which are a mere $2500 a month.

Sound board and work station used for Planet Waves FM at The Place of the Way in Kingston, N.Y. Fixtures are all built out of unfinished wood. The same facility is also a community gathering space and fully-equipped recording and practice studio, also featuring the world’s largest dog bed.

We have two other projects, besides Planet Waves FM: one is the Poison Papers (also known as the Gemstone File), a quarter-million pages of documents from the files of Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Westinghouse, General Electric, the EPA, the Navy and the Air Force.

Working with my colleagues Carol van Strum and Peter von Stackelberg, and the Center for Media and Democracy, the Bioscience Resource Project and DocumentCloud, we have created a resource for future generations of journalists.

Second, after I finish the 2018 readings, we will begin the class Investigative Reporting from the Kitchen Table — a class in basic journalism skills, taught by me with help from Carol and Peter.

This is a cool bunch of projects! If you come back to Planet Waves FM regularly and appreciate what we’re doing with it, please consider making a monthly contribution. In doing so, you indirectly support the Pacifica Network and Democracy Now!, both of which we contribute to generously.

Thank you for supporting Planet Waves FM, Chiron Return and the Pacifica Radio Network with your contribution.

Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play edition here] covers the upcoming Mercury retrograde and Full Moon. This is a really truly interesting Mercury retrograde, which involves Saturn, centaur Pholus and the Galactic Core. Mercury will station retrograde just before the Gemini Full Moon on Sunday, extending this rare quadruple conjunction.

In the second segment, I look deeper into the issue of the sex crimewave that’s being exposed, and counter some of the common theories about what is happening. To understand this we must go deeper than the superficial ideas we’re hearing in the news and on social media, and look into the background. That’s where the real clues are.

Thanks for tuning in. As always, it’s good to be with you.

With love,


Planet Waves

New Features Added:
Videos for 2018 Saturn, Chiron and Uranus Transits

Dear Friend and Reader:

The Art of Becoming is your 2018 annual reading. This is my 20th time at the rodeo! And that’s a good thing, because to write about the transits of the coming year will take experience. If you’re new to the discussion of this project, I’ve linked a letter in the last paragraph.

Eric Francis.

I’ve added three new features to The Art of Becoming, for those who pre-order all 12 signs: videos that cover Chiron in Aries, and Aries Chiron returns; Uranus in Taurus, and Uranus oppositions; and Saturn in Capricorn, including those two Saturn return groups (first and second). These cover many age groups and sub-generations.

These videos are included if you pre-order all 12 signs. Then they will be spun off as separate products. They will not be included with post-publication orders, or single-sign orders. Each will be offered separately for $37.37 each.

I’ve wanted to do transit readings like this for years! One distinction about my astrological career is that rather than predicting transits, I’ve been listening to my clients tell me the stories of their transits for more than two decades.

The current pre-order price is $99, which includes written readings for all 12 signs, plus the Saturn, Chiron and Uranus video presentations. Those will be published before the written readings, by the way.

Delivery is expected in January. That’s the time estimate, based on 20 years’ experience doing this project. If you’re curious to read more about The Art of Becoming, here’s a detailed letter describing how I do the readings and what they contain.

And if you have not read your 2017 reading, you may do so here at no charge.

Sign up today. The next price increase will be soon after Thanksgiving!

Thank you for trusting me as your astrologer, and for participating in Planet Waves.

With love,

Sagittarius Birthdays 2017-18: Not What You Think: Your Personal Mercury Retrograde

Dear Friend and Reader:

I know what you’re wondering: how can Mercury retrograde not be what you think, when Mercury is, in fact, the planet representing the mind? What I mean is this: Mercury retrograde phases have a bad rap for being nothing but trouble; but used well, they can be incredibly useful phases of time for review and deep introspection.

Planet WavesSo, you might say that if you have your Sun or rising sign in Sagittarius, then Mercury stationing retrograde in your sign on Sunday really isn’t about ‘what’ you think; it’s about how you think.

The weeks between Dec. 3 and Dec. 22 could actually be incredibly useful for getting to the bottom of certain beliefs and thought patterns you have, among other things.

What does it mean to start your solar year with Mercury stationing retrograde in your sign? Eric will walk you through this and all of the biggest astrological events of the next 12 months in your 2017-18 Sagittarius Birthday Reading.

With Saturn, Chiron and Uranus all changing signs soon, you’ll find certain areas of your life changing in tone and emphasis. For example, what will it mean to have the planet of awareness and healing (Chiron) move into your house of play, creativity, adventurous risk, and sex for fun (Aries)?

Eric crafts these readings with the best of his life-coaching, cheerleading and problem-solving skills; the sensitivity of his therapy training; his uncanny knack to help you see challenges from a more empowering perspective; and with the kind of everyday, practical inspiration you can use immediately. You get some of the clearest, most nuanced and jargon-free personal astrology available on the internet.

Best of all, the two astrology segments (approximately 30 minutes each) and tarot reading that Eric records for you are completely different from the written Sagittarius reading that will be part of the 2018 annual edition. The Birthday Reading has a more jazz-like feeling, lending it to Eric’s knack for uncanny, spontaneous insights and nuance — and it’s recorded with the Sun in your sign.

You can pre-order the 2017-18 Sagittarius Birthday Reading for the lowest price we offer: only $33. The price of the reading will increase as publication approaches, and then again after it’s been released.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

P.S. If you know someone with a Sagittarius Sun or rising sign who’s been having a rough time this year, consider giving them the 2017-18 Sagittarius Birthday Reading as a gift. We could all use a friendly cheerleader these days.

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