2019 May Extended Monthly Horoscope by Eric Francis
New York, April 28, 2019 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

The key is to give yourself permission to do or not to do anything; to be or not be with anyone; to be open to any and every possibility. Then, from that place, choose the obvious thing to do. This is a thought exercise in giving yourself the freedom to be yourself. However, you don’t need much of the stuff; in reality, you just need the ability to make each decision in accord with your true being. If you start by granting yourself a very wide berth, and feel out many different potentials (whether they seem available or not), making focused decisions won’t seem so daunting...


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Planet Waves TV -- Equinox Full Moon
New York, March 21, 2019 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

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A Calm Look at Our Edgy Moment
This week's Planet Waves FM takes a placid look at our edgy moment. To everyone's great relief, I omit the news entirely, and focus on the astrology: Monday’s Aquarius New Moon, the Imbolc cross-quarter (and beginning of the Year of the Pig), and the unusual conditions of Venus and Mars.

To wit, Venus is conjunct Ixion and Pholus, and is square Chiron and Salacia, while Mars is now square Pluto and conjunct Eris.


The Government Shutdown, and the Invisible Environment
New York, January 24, 2019 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

We are now at the end of day 34 of the federal government shutdown. I am taking this too personally. It's making me nervous. I feel like the character Tweak in a South Park episode from a couple of years ago, who was freaked out over the Korean nuclear missile thing between Trump and Kim Jong-un.

His friend Craig suggests he do something rather than just worry -- like bake cupcakes and send them to the Korean leader. So he does, and Kim loves them, and Trump gets mad...


The Long View: Saturn Conjunct Pluto, Square Eris
New York, October 11, 2018 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

My take on the Venus and Mars retrogrades of 2018 is that they are preparation for the deeper, longterm transits that are coming: Uranus in Taurus, Chiron in Aries, and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn.


Are You My Mother?
An 8th House Aquarius Moon Memoir
New York, August 7, 2018 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

WHEN I WAS AN ONLY CHILD, my mom used to read to me from a book, called Are You My Mother? We had the bilingual English-French edition, so I would get to hear it in both languages. Tu es ma mere? It was about a baby bird who fell out of the nest, landed with a little thump on the ground, and set about a quest of finding his mother. He roams around and asks everyone he meets: a dog, a cat, a chicken, a cow: Are you my mother?


Planet Waves   Mars Retrograde: Background, and Deep Background
(This post includes the June monthly horoscope)
New York, May 24, 2018 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

As you know, Mars will be retrograde for most of the summer, for two months beginning on June 26. Mars retrogrades happen every other year, and each is distinctive. It's not just the sign where it happens that defines the unique property of the retrograde, but primarily what is happening with the outer planets that describe the invisible background layer of existence.


Planet Waves   Chiron in Aries: Exploring The Ground of Being
New York, March 29, 2018 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

Chiron will be arriving in Aries on April 17th after seven years of Uranus in this sign, including the Uranus-Pluto square and the Uranus-Eris conjunction -- an era that has manifested a pandemic of identity chaos and a corresponding destabilization of society on nearly every level. The discovery and recent history of Chiron in it's various aspects and influences is laid out in this article.


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  Planets in a Minor Key
New York, Dec. 21, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

While Saturn is not an outer planet, it's the keeper of the edge between the inner and outer solar system; a reference point, boundary divider and the lord of chronological time. Saturn's three-year run through Sagittarius ended Dec. 19 when, for the first time in a generation, it returned to a sign that it rules.


  A Story of Mercury and the Milky Way
New York, Nov.30, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

Not all astrology is based in astronomy, though a giant magnet blowing by is a good candidate. I maintain, however, that most of the effect of retrograde Mercury is on our minds, which are electrical and magnetic devices. This explains how one's disk drive might fail, and one might lose a check between the pages of a magazine that arrived in the same day's mail.


  Small Wheel Turns by the Fire and Rod,
Big Wheel Turns by the Grace of God
New York, Nov. 22, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

When so many outer planets change signs around the same time, society changes. The emphasis of our lives changes. History takes major turns, if only we would notice them. Well, it will be difficult not to notice, and perhaps more difficult to care. But that's what our lives are about now: the quest and the struggle to care, to really care.


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  From Sexual Harassment to Sexual Revolution
New York, Nov. 16, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

The current conversation will be out of runway soon: the issues are too big to merely fit into the framework of assault, crime or scandal. We need a wider, more human context.


  There Is a Future, and You Are It
New York, October 26, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

Particularly since the total solar eclipse, it's been one national crisis after the next, whether born of intent, neglect, or some seemingly natural process. A series of major hurricanes, followed by a vast swath of northern California burning up, interlaced with threats of nuclear war, escalation of the war in Afghanistan, revelation of a war in Niger and of American military...


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  Global Warming and the Potluck Dinner
New York, December 17, 2015 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

A few weeks ago, there was a major international global warming conference in Paris. I think most people view this positively -- 188 nations actually agreed on something. In a recent op-ed piece in The New York Times, Thomas Friedman wrote, "I had low expectations for the U.N. climate meeting here, and it met all of them -- beautifully. I say that without cynicism."


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  Uranus, Eris and the Riddle of the Internet
New York, June 23, 2016 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

For the past couple of years, I've been going deep into the work of the first philosopher of media, Marshall McLuhan. With his grandson Andrew as my study buddy and collaborator, and Marshall's son Eric as my ad-hoc grad school professor, I've made some progress that I will summarize for you in this article; but first I want to look at the astrology of the moment...


  The Fulcrum, the Venturi and the Cycle of Fire
New York, July 27, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

We're now in the final weeks before the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017. For those who are uncertain of whether astrology has any validity, this is a good time to pay attention. Eclipses are one of the very best laboratory-of-life ways to observe astrology. You would just need to associate what you notice with the eclipses.

  Eric Francis Coppolino -- Kingston Times interview
New York, June 21, 2017 | By Carrie Ross

Eric Francis Coppolino, who came home to Kingston 10 years ago this summer, is the world's only astrologer to carry international press credentials. After a long career as an investigative reporter covering corporate crime, Eric went from the front page to the horoscope page. Today he's the editor of Planet Waves, a daily astrology magazine...


  Collateral Damage
New York, April 13, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

With Mercury stationing retrograde, a Full Moon passing through town and Venus getting ready to station direct, it's been a rough week in the public sphere. Let's see: there was Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesman, claiming -- during Passover -- that Hitler didn't use chemical weapons.


  What Do We Do About These Flesh-Eating Zombies?
New York, Feb. 9, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

We can do better than a flag cake. It's just that these flesh-eating zombies are everywhere: you know, the ones who still think Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or who have Confederate flags flying from their pickup trucks (in Connecticut), or think that all three million people who voted illegally in California were undocumented Mexicans...


  1/21 Protests: All Hail Uranus Conjunct Eris
New York, Jan. 26, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

Who dreamed that millions of women, and their friends, would take to the streets around the world on Saturday, Jan. 21, starting the New Regime with a roar? Well, someone did: urban legend is that it all started with a Facebook event page that went viral, and a permit for 1,000 protesters. Stranger things have happened.


  Hillary Clinton: Scorpio of the Ages
New York, August 11, 2016 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

I paused to consider his question for a few days. The issue came up because recently, multiple news reports said that Trump, the Republican nominee for president, had repeatedly asked in a briefing with his potential military advisors why we don't use all these nuclear weapons we have. After considering it for a while, I decided that, in my opinion anyway, Hillary Clinton understands...


  What's Up With Trump? Let's Check his Progressed Chart
New York, August 4, 2016 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

Usually I avoid the charts of presidential candidates, or at least I prefer not to dwell on them. The whole cult of personality around the American presidential election is difficult enough to stomach. Covering the elections, I generally stick to mundane astrology to get the clues and the news leads.


  Cosmic Confidential: My Life as a Horoscope Writer
New York, May 30, 2014 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

Horoscopes are a writing form that's close to my heart for two reasons. One is that reading the Patric Walker column in The New York Post in the early 1990s was the first demonstration to me of how relevant astrology could be. I knew astrology existed, and I knew astrologers, but I did not see the point of doing it.


  BREAKING: Dick Cheney Has Change of Heart, Admits to 9/11
New York, April 1, 2012 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

In his first news conference since his heart was replaced one week ago, former Vice President Dick Cheney announced Saturday that he regretted his "extensive" role in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- and the subsequent coverup."It was a terrible, terrible thing to do," said Cheney, speaking in the lobby of Bethesda Cardiac Unit in Maryland, the nation's most prestigious heart center.