Mercury Retrograde Will End on an Interesting Note

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In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I look closely at the last days of Mercury retrograde, which end with a kind of revival of the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the Sun. Mercury makes a conjunction to Mars, then stations direct, in the eclipse degree — which is close to the president’s rising degree. That means a whole new kind of mishegas is on its way. Get ready.

After a song break, I then delve into the chart for Hurricane Harvey making landfall, and how this relates to Leo and eclipses in Leo [view chart below]. This is all related to an earlier series of events, which I document in the article Here at the Edge of the World.

On the program, I reference a video by my friend and colleague Dale O’Brien, who gives a coherent presentation on what happens when eclipses cast shadows across the American continent. This is astrology at its best: documented, intelligent and easy to understand.

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Director, composer and sound designer David Lynch.

After another song break, I take a look at the new series of Twin Peaks episodes, which ends at 8 pm ET this coming Sunday with a double feature on Showtime.

This is well worth a $10 membership, even if you haven’t seen anything that’s come before. It’s that good. No matter what, Lynch’s films are full of mystery and details that you slowly assemble as you watch and re-watch them. So you can just dive in.

If you experience these last two episodes you will find yourself binge-watching the rest. (The first two seasons are stashed on Netflix; Fire Walk With Me is available from Netflix as a DVD and stands up to many watchings.)

After yet another song break, I look at the concept of “character armor” as described by Wilhelm Reich and explain why you don’t want it.

As for those song breaks — they are by SILENCIO, a musical ensemble inspired by the world of David Lynch cinema. The group tours with an act consisting entirely of covers of his film soundtracks, composed by Angelo Badalamenti. On today’s program, we have their original material: dark, snazzy and swanky music with a big sound.

Somewhere in there I reference the criminal prosecution against me that was dismissed today, for allegedly “harboring a dangerous dog” in the person of one Jonah Kelly Francis. Here’s the Kingston Times coverage of that, and my follow-up letter likening the case to calling 9-1-1 because you didn’t get the right cheeseburger from the drive-through.

Planet Waves FM is published by Chiron Return, Inc., and sponsored by your donations to our nonprofit organization. Check your email and Facebook soon for an announcement about Investigative Reporting from the Kitchen Table.

With love,

Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas.


We’ve now published In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis. The video readings for all 12 signs cover the Great American Eclipse of Aug. 21 and well beyond. We’ll be increasing the price again soon, so don’t hesitate to order your copy here, or choose your individual signs here.

Eclipses are astrology we can’t deny. If there is a conjunction between Saturn and Uranus, it’s invisible, and while many people may experience changes, only astrologers and their merry bands of readers and students know what’s shappening. Yet when the Sun vanishes, you can be sure that normal activity will come to a stop.

Our busy world will pause, and everyone, from herbicide activists nestled in the hills of Oregon to rock stars in Nashville, will stand in the silent shadow of the cosmic order with the astonishment of small children coursing in their hearts.

This doesn’t happen often, and you can imagine the awesome power of so many people embraced in a kind of simultaneous, captive meditation as everything around them momentarily ceases to be normal. Call it a reality lapse, only it’s one into which the real reality can flow very easily.

In terms of their astrological meaning, eclipses of the Sun follow this image of collective awareness and radical break of continuity. Whether you can see the eclipse does not matter; part of the miracle of astrology is it works anyway. As many of us are discovering personally, eclipses are expanded moments of often uncontrollable, unpredictable change. They also bring the civilization and its communities together, usually through important collective events and the media.

Eclipses are evolutionary gateways, which is another way of saying that when they show up, we do a lot of growing in a short time. Delays are compensated. Old accounts can be wiped clean. While each is unique, eclipses often feel like being shot through a funnel of space-time, and we emerge somewhere different than where we entered. The key to making the best use of them is to move with the energy, not cling to anything or anyone too tightly, and to stay open.

Literally, breathe, communicate, feel, love, observe and receive. Remember your intentions. The sense of panic that sometimes accompanies them yields nicely to awareness and revelation, mental conditions that are more natural than we often realize.

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