Jonathan Cainer: The Cosmic Voice of Reason

Dear Friend and Reader:

On the day that Jonathan Cainer died, this horoscope appeared in the Daily Mail and newspapers around the world:

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21) — We aren’t here for long. We should make the most of every moment. We all understand this yet don’t we forget it, many times? We get caught up in missions, battles and desires. We imagine that we have forever and a day. In one way, we may be right – for are we not eternal spirits, temporarily residing in finite physical form? An elevated perspective is essential to a meaningful existence.

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Jonathan Cainer in his downtown London apartment.

Jonathan, who left us unexpectedly Monday morning at age 58, was of course a Sagittarius (and Sagg rising, and Saturn). This was an unusually philosophical horoscope even for him, though that was his role: to be a kind of public philosopher and spiritual psychologist.

To some extent this is the role of every newspaper astrologer. It’s an unusual and distinct voice to take up in the world, where agendas are not usually themed on self-awareness, inner peace or meaningful existence.

In fact, nearly all of what we see and hear in this thing we call the media is designed to either foment conflict, provoke fear or sell us something we don’t need. Newspapers in particular run on fear, and drum up sales by frightening people (and propagating wars that they then report on; this is also the formula of most Internet news).

It’s worth pointing out how unusual it is to see a message like this in a daily newspaper, or anywhere for that matter — but especially on the pages of a British scandal sheet like the Daily Mail. It’s the work of newspaper and magazine astrologers to bring a breath of spirit into the madness and chaos of what we call the news, and Jonathan did it boldly and elegantly.

His optimistic, insightful forecasts ran in the British press since the mid-1980s. He took up that role with a fresh voice, and he did so brilliantly, cultivating a worldwide following that included publications in Britain, Australia, Europe and into Asia. When the Internet became popular, he gathered a following in the United States through his own site and venues such as

Day after day, millions found ideas for living, new ways to think about their lives, less restrictive and even liberating ideas for thinking about themselves. It’s true that Jonathan strived to be inspiring, but he succeeded in more than that. I considered him an actual philosopher. I knew him personally since 1999, and I can attest to the fact that he practiced what he preached. (You may listen to my audio tribute to him, where I tell many stories about my experiences of working with him and give a detailed reading of his chart.)

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An Island of the Future

“Your communications systems have been waiting for this day. They were created for this moment. Do not shun the technology that is available. Though it has been abused in the past, in loving hands it is capable of transforming the consciousness more quickly and efficiently than would otherwise be possible.” — The Starseed Transmissions

Dear Friend and Reader:

When I was first studying A Course in Miracles in 1986, someone told me about another channeled work called The Starseed Transmissions. That was my friend Ginger, and more than tell me about it, she read it to me on the phone from Buffalo while I was living in Brooklyn.

She has in her possession a tattered copy that looked like it had been passed from hand to hand 100 times. Unlike the Course, with its formal and somewhat authoritative language, Starseed came across in simple, friendly language similar to a news report from the future.

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It had been delivered to its scribe, who went by the name Raphael, during a spell of flu or fever that turned into an 11-day enchantment.

In that dreamlike state, a vibration took over the whole forest where he lived, came pouring into his room, and was loosely translated into the words that became the book.

Starseed describes the process by which a new age would gradually take hold. As these developments unfolded, they would provide opportunities for people to lift themselves above the pain and madness of the world. It describes a “psychological process” that each individual needs to go through to be set free from their own hooks into negativity and attachment to conflict.

A Course in Miracles felt exactly like such a process; it was abundantly clear that was the kind of thing being described. Where I was living, a place called Miracle Manor, was a kind of learning tank for this very process.

One of the later chapters in Starseed described how society would gradually begin to organize itself into little pockets where the new teachings would be lived and practiced. “As you reorient toward the new way of being in the world, you will be drawn to centers where the vibrational atmosphere is more conducive to a healthy state of function. These centers will represent the focal points around which the organs of Planetary Being will form. They will be, in a sense, islands of the future in a sea of the past.”

To me this felt like a lot more than a description. It felt like a kind of instruction set designed to help me orient myself. I was 22 years old, vaguely aware of my talent, and truly eager to serve and to participate. Ginger and I knew without any doubt that this book was intended for us, among other people who would hear the calling.

The chapter goes on to give some specific information that I took personally.

“Your communications systems have been waiting for this day. They were created for this moment. Do not shun the technology that is available. Though it has been abused in the past, in loving hands it is capable of transforming the consciousness more quickly and efficiently than would otherwise be possible.”

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Planet Waves has been published from many islands: above is Maury Island, WA, where we founded Planet Waves, Inc. (and home of the famous pre-Roswell UFO sighting). The first website was published in 1998 on an island of the Saddle River. We’ve also published from Vashon Island, WA; Ile Saint-Louis, Paris; and the island known as Great Britain.

Note that at this time, there was no Internet, no thought of a global communications network, not even a notion that ordinary folk could set up a video seminar with hundreds or thousands of people. No notion of moving documents around the world at the speed of light. The term “desktop publishing” was still new and novel.

It went on: “These are tools for the hand of the Lord. Do not fear them, but love them and use them to spread the message of love to all who have not learned to tune to other, more direct channels themselves.”

That felt like more direct instruction. Ginger and I were already onto it though. We had done many media projects together, all of them involving printing presses and all with the intention of cultivating and building creative community.

All of this contributed to my understanding of the work that I do today: to the sense of mission that lights my world and that I offer to you. I think of Planet Waves as an island of the future. You have likely detected that there is something just a little different about what we do here, perhaps not easy to describe, and something different about the people who gather here.

In some way you already know that, or you would not even be reading these words. You have an opportunity to take part, on many levels: as a creative contributor, as one who actively learns, as one who shares what you learn, and one who supports what we do. In truth everyone who takes part is a member of our community: a resident on our mobile city of light.

What we have for you here are ideas you’re unlikely to find other places. We use astrology in a way that focuses your power rather than takes it away. You get many viewpoints and options for how to engage: live dialog, by reading, through long-format radio and several formats of video. This is so that you can find the appropriate way to get the information that you need.

We provide diverse content to serve greater needs: beginning with intelligent, spiritually aware astrology, and following up with material about relationships; we cover science and spirituality; we are the first place many people turn for news coverage.

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Ile Saint-Louis in Paris — a distinct community within the city, where time seemed to slow down — where Planet Waves was published in the summer and autumn of 2004.

As part of our commitment to creating something new, we do not rent your time or mental bandwidth to outside advertisers.

This allows us to be more daring and more honest than is possible in the “sea of the past,” where nearly everything you see, hear and read is filtered through some allegiance other than to what is true, loving or helpful. I am not entirely comfortable offering my work for sale, though it’s a reality that we participate in the economy as a responsible corporate citizen and as an organization that does its best to take care of our people.

In this spirit I invite you to share some of your resources with Planet Waves, and sign up for one of our subscriptions. There are many benefits, which I won’t go into here — the real benefit is knowing that you are helping make the work that we do happen. In truth, money is the least of what we run on, which is how we are able to turn so little into so much that we offer so freely.

Here are your options. If money is an issue — we never want it to be one, for us or for you — please write to us and we will work something out with you.

I for one am dedicated to bringing all of my energy, creativity and vision to what I do at Planet Waves, and there are many here with me who do the same. As you can tell from our work, we love doing what we do, and we have faith that we are making a difference.

Thank you for doing the same.

With love,


PS — What we now call “Reader Level” is about to become “Horoscope Level,” meaning that you will get all of our horoscopes in addition to other benefits. Core Community level includes a beautiful embossed journal (my more creative alternative to the mug or tee shirt) and Backstage Pass includes a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind sketchbook or journal in a wide diversity of sizes. You can see more here.

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Beltane, a Tribute to Jonathan Cainer, and Father Daniel

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Dear Friend and Listener:

In tonight’s Planet Waves FM, I say goodbye to my friend and mentor Jonathan Cainer, the renowned and beloved British astrologer. Jonathan died unexpectedly Monday morning at his home in Yorkshire.

See Jonathan’s chart here

Jonathan Cainer in his downtown London apartment.

Before I go there, I cover the Beltane New Moon — that is, Friday’s New Moon at the heart of Taurus. This New Moon happens close to the Pagan high sabbath that commemorates mid-spring: the time to celebrate the goddess of love and abundance.

As for Jonathan, fans around the world are grieving the loss of this one of a kind astrologer and horoscope writer. You may know me because he recruited me as his vacation stand-in back in the early 2000s. I covered his daily horoscope in the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail about 50 times, stayed with him at his homes in Yorkshire and London, and basically learned the astrology business from him.

I tell many first-hand stories, and an excellent one told to me by conceptual artist and activist Karen Barnes, who worked with Jonathan on a rather cheeky project aimed at undermining the British monarchy and spreading a message of love and peace.

In the third segment I pay tribute to Father Daniel Berrigan, the infamous and beloved Roman Catholic priest who spend his life undermining the war machine of the American empire. Father Dan, who died over the weekend a few days short of his 95th birthday, was the person who organized burning draft records at Catonsville, Maryland in 1968, and who went into a GE facility with fellow activists and smashed a nuclear bomb with hammers.

My musical guests are two of Jonathan’s favorite performers: English folk singer John Martyn, and the American perfectionists of jazz, rock and wit, Steely Dan.

Planet Waves FM is a community radio project that’s part of the Pacifica Radio Network. Please support our work by becoming a member of Planet Waves.

With love,

PS — Here is the Democracy Now! show I reference:

Fr Daniel Berrigan in 2006. Image: video still

Free Audio Samples of Aries Birthday Reading

Eric has just finished recording the 2016-17 Aries birthday reading, and it’s now available for instant access. This reading has something to offer if you have Aries prominent anywhere in your astrology, such as a Moon, Ascendant, Saturn or Chiron placement. It also makes an extra-special gift for the Aries you love.

The reading contains two audio sessions and a third on video, each about 30 minutes. It covers all the themes about which Eric has recently written, such as Uranus-Eris and Mars retrograde, and your relationship to personhood, identity and technology.

Here is a complimentary audio sample for you to mingle your mind & senses. If you like what you hear, you may get the full reading here.

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