1: The Astrology of August, and Why I Got Out of Politics

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2: Robert Schmidt Discusses the Inventor of Western Astrology

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Dear Planet Waves Listener:

Tonight we have something that’s got a touch of history to it: an interview with Robert Schmidt of Project Hindsight, who last week announced that he had discovered the inventor of Greek astrology, which means Western astrology.

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Robert Schmidt in 2006 at the Baltimore NCGR convention. File photo.

From its beginnings in 1993, Project Hindsight tasked itself with the translation of ancient astrological texts, so that astrologers would have them to use and learn from. Up to that point, the translations were nonexistent or poorly done, and the origins of Western astrology were hazy.

Eventually as his collaborators Robert Hand and Robert Zoller went in their own directions, Hindsight under Schmidt’s leadership stuck exclusively to Greek astrology, starting with documents from the 4th century BCE.

Those include something called the Thema Mundi, which we discuss in the interview.

Through extensive reading and translation of the literature, Schmidt deduced that there were both founders and a founding era, and his research all points to a Greek mathematician and astronomer named Eudoxus of Cnidus (c. 390 – c. 337 BCE) as the leading founder.

That interview is in the special supplemental edition, which you can listen to here.

In tonight’s regular edition [play episode here], I look at the current astrology — Ceres in Taurus and Vesta in Cancer; and then open up the astrology of August, covering the Mars ingress into Sagittarius, Mars conjunct Saturn, the Leo New Moon and Jupiter opposite Chiron. This is a juicy astrology discussion, with lots about Ceres, Vesta and Chiron.

In the second segment, I talk about why I got out of politics as a full-time vocation in the spring of 1986: the reason being, politics is all about lying, and I could not do that for a living.

I begin with a recap of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s theory of politics (the ‘mystical longing answered in the authoritarian leader’). Then I get into the story of a campaign I managed for the SUNY Buffalo student government, and what happened as a result. It is, in part, the story of my first Chiron square — a morality tale for sure.

If you want to comment on the Schmidt interview, I suggest you do so on the Planet Waves page associated with the show (free registration required) or my Facebook page.

With love,
eric

Samples of the ACCESS campaign from SUNY Buffalo, spring 1986.

Samples of the ACCESS campaign from SUNY Buffalo, spring 1986.

The Ron Polacco baseball card from the 2015 mayoral campaign in Kingston, designed by Lizanne Webb and Eric Francis Coppolino.

The Ron Polacco baseball card from the 2015 mayoral campaign in Kingston, designed by Lizanne Webb and Eric Francis Coppolino.

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