As You Pass...
trolling for the news recently, we discovered Eric Francis, a
Paris-dwelling American expatriate journalist-turned-astrologer whose
is high-energy, totally
eclectic, and crammed with news, information and opinion. He is among
the leading edge of broader-based, less astrology-blinded
astrologers who see our
art/craft as an
integral part of the real world, not just a solo window on it. He began
as a New
York journalist, getting his big story break on an upstate
environmental disaster story – but at the very same time, his
heart was being
seduced away by the depth and breadth of astrology, definitely the Big
angle on any story.
Finally, it seems, that larger picture got the upper hand and he
is now in
the business full-time, writing a variety of newspaper
columns, an ever-growing
series of articles in print and online at his site, a daily sky blog
mixes news and politics with what’s happening upstairs, and
adding his latest love
affair, photography. They all go together in a sterling mix of
real-world news analysis and wide-ranging astrology, from the concrete
more speculative. There’s something for everyone on the site,
simple Sun-sign dailies and write-in advice to articles on the likes of
the Great Attractor,
that mysterious galactic vortex in central Sagittarius, plus a penchant
for Centaurs, all with a
patina of community and caring that unites the many facets of astrology
and concentrates on its impact on the individual, emotionally and in
current life context. A
little prescription with the description, so to speak. Some of it is
of the site (the newsletter, certain special
sections) being sort of, dare we paralabel, PlanetWavesSelect.
If there is a central theme to it all, it is its urgently
breathless quality, because Eric has clearly got so much on his plate
hasn’t enough hours in the day to handle it all.
imagine how he finds time to sleep and eat, there’s just too
that has to be covered. You sometimes get a feeling that he’s
running without his
feet quite touching the ground. That includes a work-in-progress
collection that is so far a grab-bag of personal adventure and
waiting for a theme to tie it all together. Eight chapters in search of
are so far posted, but there are obviously lots more in the can and
more in the
process, running the gamut from newshound tales to astrological
and lots more. His photography is often stunning, and there’s
new cover photo
and front page story/blog (not necessarily related) almost every day.
It’s definitely a site to catch on a regular basis, an
ever-expanding vision, for sure – and we hope that Eric will
of that central message that ties it all together into a book as well.
world will certainly be the better off with more astrologers with his
inclusive sense of real-world, real-time context – in
with news, analysis, thoughtful articles and forecasts.
Eric Francis has his eye