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Oh Mama, Could This Really Be the End?
I am a piece of this world, to whom goes with the creatures of the living and the dying longevity, I care not for its magnitude but for the direction of its lost purpose
-- Joel Calvin Simmons
Dear Friend and Reader:

There were a couple of times this week when I felt the potential for the whole thing to unravel: this fragile, complicated, thundering world we have created and depend upon. I am not one of those "the shit's gonna come down" types, so it was an unusual feeling to register.

I am also leery of issues in the "be afraid, be very afraid" genre of reporting, knowing as I do how many real dangers are not discussed. However, a few times lately I've had that Nine-Elevenish feeling, which I've also had at the start of the Gulf War in 1991, during the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents, and the night the election was stolen in November 2000.

As for our particular problem now: I'm not necessarily talking about a massive plague that wipes out a swath of the world population, maybe you, maybe me, maybe a few people we know (which is possible, and lurking in everyone's genetic memory).

I mean the economic jolt that unravels the fragile systems holding together things like our food sources. I read an article Wednesday about how 300 million kids are out of school. By what miracle are we expecting something like that not to happen in the United States? Our usual national self-deceptive optimism? Imagining this is all just a simulation?

I got nervous this week talking to my friend Gail Murphy, who owns a business that supplies guitar manufacturers with parts. Problems in China making the material for one particular item created a hold-up of making that part, and therefore of the manufacturer building the guitars, leading to a problem with the guitar maker's business, which then rippled out to all the dealers who carry them.

Multiply that by a few hundred thousand businesses and you can see what I'm getting at. In addition to depending on supply lines, many businesses depend on all of their people, and cannot function with numerous absences. Lots of things cannot be done by internet.
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A Foxconn factory in China. Photo via
What Doesn't Come from China?

The Wall Street Journal this week had an article about how Apple had invested all of its eggs into the basket known as China. Yes, Apple and much of the world. What exactly doesn't come from China these days? And could we afford it if the people who make iPhones and Androids were paid more than the wage they get, about $2.50 an hour? The other part is that many of Apple's iPhone sales come from China, and now, those are down.

The iPhone is wildly profitable, or it has been. That would not be possible without highly competent, disciplined slave labor in China, conducted in what are essentially prison camps. So they cannot exactly move the Foxconn factory to Grand Rapids or Mexico City.

For weeks before the February stock market crash, whole cities there were on lockdown, people under house arrest, food supplies thin, and the toll of the sick and the dead mounting. On the way home from Ukraine in early February, airports were full of Asian people wearing masks.

It was only during the recent Mercury retrograde that the issue took hold in the United States: cases appearing outside of China, concentrating (among other places) in Italy. Milan and many other cities are now ghost towns.

Before cases appeared in the States, stock markets were first sluggish, then tumbled as news of the virus took hold. Most of them fell by about 15% of value over the course of a few days, an astonishing loss. (As of press time Thursday, markets had lost the gains clawed back on Wednesday.)

This is made all the worse because under the current administration, and the current economic ethos, the stock market is the only index of value and prosperity, even though it does not directly affect the majority of the population. So the stock market also drives consumer confidence -- for those with disposable incomes.

Whatever happens to people's businesses or their jobs, banks still demand their mortgages, and landlords demand their rent. Much of the United States population is close to, at or below the poverty line. Many are already one paycheck away from eviction, or not eating. Are they consoled by a politician telling them how fantastic the economy is doing?
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This is the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, near Buffalo. That big open field is a toxic waste dump. It was once the location of several hundred homes and the 99th Street Elementary School. All of them were built on top of a deep landfill that included chemical waste and radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project nuclear weapons program. This was all put into a half-finished canal, filled in with dirt, and sold to the school district for a dollar. Most of the homes you can see in the photo are contaminated as a result. I got to lay eyes on the 99th Street School about a week before it was torn down. What you cannot see is that the ground is raised to accommodate the clay cap. This resulted in a long avenue of utility poles sticking out of the ground about six or seven feet. Photo: Buffalo News File.
Son, I've Seen A Few Freaky Things in my Day

I've seen freaky things happen in my time on the planet, most of it witnessed through my role as a journalist. A lot of this has involved seeing how people respond to fear, and to the idea of potential danger.

My encounter with transformer explosions on a campus near where I live led to my uncovering the extent of global contamination with dioxins and PCBs. The story went from my neighborhood to Antarctica and back again. I learned something that seemed to spontaneously occur in 1991 and had its documented roots in the late 19th century.

Outside Bliss Residence Hall at SUNY New Paltz in early 1992, hazmat workers clean up a parking lot. A few weeks before, it was home to 190 young women. Then a transformer exploded, spreading PCBs and dioxins through the structure. It's highly unusual to be using Level B (self-contained air) in an outdoor environment. The person wearing just the mask is a supervisor who won't be there long. Photo by Eric Francis / Student Leader News Service.
I lived with the documentation of the problem and the cover-up for years: binders full of memos with evidence of blatant deception of and by government health officials, insurance companies, lawyers and corporate executives.

They lied and lied about what had happened, and about the potential danger, and for the most part everyone fell for it -- until it was too late. They are still lying today. I'm sure with a brief phone call to the GE press relations department, they will send me their latest PDF denying the problem. I keep meaning to ask for it, so I have a copy.

On another level, I lived with the problem itself. My neighborhood was contaminated; contamination was potentially tracked into my home, affecting people and my two cats. I threw away a pair of nice leather boots because I had walked in them through a contaminated area.

For a long time, mostly in the 1990s and even to some extent today, I could not put a piece of food in my mouth without considering its potential content of dioxins and PCBs. (Eggs have very little; the worst is organic farmed salmon, according to Dr. David Carpenter at SUNY Albany, the world's PCBs-in-salmon mavin.)

Then there was another dimension, the social aspect, where I was witness to people aggressively denying the problem, year after year, over and over again. I watched as parents put their children in danger, allowing them to live in dioxin-contaminated buildings based on the belief that they must be safe because state officials -- long ago exposed as deceptive and incompetent -- said so.

I learned a lot about the phenomenon of believing what one wants to be true. I became a student of cognitive dissonance. Along the course of that story, I was arrested (the case was dismissed); I was ordered off of the toxic campus (as an alleged public nuisance; thanks to a federal judge, that was reversed). The chancellor of the State University of New York system told a newspaper's editorial board that I was a liar. I claimed that as a badge of honor.

So in writing and reporting this story, I saw the way that society treats people who expose and tell people about even obvious problems. I got a sense of the public’s interest in truth, and I watched these issues bounce around the media. I noticed how easy it is to distract reporters from the story, and to feed them bullshit that most of them pass along to the public.

And then I noticed the way the dioxin problem, and people's response to it, replicated itself over and over: that it was a feature of our world.
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Soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea, Feb. 29, 2020. Americans and their government are being very casual about the issue. Are we sure it's the same thing going on?
Responses to Potential Danger

People have a wide diversity of responses to danger. A guy who lives in my building said he wanted to get coronavirus, to build up his immune system. He's a nice guy but a little macho. I explained that reinfection is possible, and that can be worse than the primary infection. I did not mention that it may impact male fertility.

One very rare response to a health emergency is wanting to know more about the problem. Mostly these issues are dealt with either by denial, or by putting one's faith in government officials, whom on other days one might consider to be incompetent, lying shit-bags.

The United States government, under the "leadership" of a reality TV host, has screwed this situation up over and over again: starting with not accepting test kits from the World Health Organization. Then according to a whistleblower complaint, U.S. government officials were allowed to intermingle with Americans returning from China without proper protection equipment. This was an unnecessary exposure, and some of the officials flew on a commercial flight. Trump then fired the whistleblower.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is theoretically in charge of the war on coronavirus, may have been exposed during a function in the Tampa area. He now has exposure to the top level of the Executive Branch, including the president.

So you would think that they're acting like this is no big deal. Then, we hear about audio and video being prohibited at a government briefing (that happened Tuesday), and government scientists being gagged (i.e., needing Pence to approve every thing they say). That says they think it's a big deal.

As for individuals: there is a huge dioxin problem, and nearly half the population gets cancer. Nobody seems concerned about this.

Seven cases in Los Angeles is an "emergency," while 59,000 homeless in LA County is not even declared a crisis. Now the whole state of California has declared an emergency.
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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a press conference on the COVID-19, coronavirus, outbreak as a morose-looking Pres. Trump and catatonic Vice President Mike Pence look on, Feb. 29, 2020. Photo by Roberto Schmidt.
Lack of Scientific Information

Without making any assessment of the problem, I want to point out some of the missing facts. Here is my one-sentence investigative reporting course: when a scientist, corporate stooge or government official claims something, ask them, "Where's your data?"

Make yourself a press card, you're ready to go.

I'm raising my hand: How many known infections are there? By that I mean positive tests of those who know they had an exposure. That is not forthcoming. How is it possible that as of Thursday, March 5, New York City had tested just 33 people?

Is the common doorknob a coronavirus vector? What about hotel rooms, salad bars, and all prepared food?
Lois Gibbs once explained the basic approach to testing for toxins (when I was 18, writing about Love Canal as a student reporter, on my first environmental investigation): "Here's how they do it: don't look, don't find, not there."

We are told that the virus persists for a week (according to some sources, up to nine days) on a dry surface, exposed to oxygen. That's a long time. Does every hotel room in the world now need to be sanitized between uses?

We are also told that hand "sanitizer" kills it. Is this supported by any data? Has someone done the coronavirus + Purell experiment, to find out if the stuff is really effective, on this pathogen? [See related story below.]

What recommendations are being made to food service establishments? People already have a tendency to come to work sick. Presumably this virus can be conveyed through food, if it can be conveyed by getting some of it on your fingers from a doorknob. This is starting to sound a little like 20th century paranoia about what was then called venereal disease.

How is the sexual transmission issue being handled? Sex is not sanitary. Some people do it. Who shall tell us? I nominate Mike Pence. One effect of the situation as it stands today is creating reluctance for people to touch one another, further alienating us into the world of robots and virtual reality.

While medical science does not have a cure, they have unraveled the genome of this virus, and can track transmission, virulence, and many other factors. We need to be keeping track of all of this information, even if it's too much.

One last -- what were the other factors that led to so many cases and deaths in China? Did this involve anything else? Was there some immune compromise going on, perhaps the result of excessive pollution or a contamination problem?

And if it was not, I will ask again: by what miracle are we expecting this not to happen in the United States? Our good karma?

I keep reading (but cannot check personally) that Wuhan was a test city for the 5G "millimeter wave" technology rollout. Is this compromising immune systems there? Do you think it's possible? Or is that paranoid conspiracy theory territory? We have to know more about this.

(Radiation and electromagnetism influence many systems of the body; the planet's whole ecosystem is held in place by the magnetosphere, that is, the electromagnet that is the Earth itself, thanks to which you are reading these words. Without the Earth's magnetic charge, we're all toast.)
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Vashon Island Ferry. Washington State, near Seattle, is an epicenter of the pandemic. One district has closed schools in the Seattle area, near the Microsoft campus. Vashon Island School District is denying one of its students is infected. We know about this from a source in health care located on the island.
My Best Guess About the Coronavirus Era

So, is this the moment when everything changes? The before and after moment? My best guess is that this will take a little while, and then it will blow over, and seep into the collective unconscious. Or, the story will be suppressed. While California declared an official emergency on Tuesday, I don't foresee lockdowns in the United States. That would be admitting the problem. The surest sign that the "dorms are safe" is the state lets the kids back in. That proves it!

I may be wrong, but if I am, then we're talking something really ugly, by U.S. standards, on the level of martial law. It is generally easier and cheaper to govern with a mix of denial and panic. However, if a lot of people get sick, we will have a shortage of hospital beds, and it will disrupt our already stressed-out healthcare system.

The government will continue buying stocks to keep the market from falling further, using the Plunge Protection Team, officially known as the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. Is this a good idea, or is it just a setup for future problems? Anyway, this has been going on aggressively since the new president took office three years ago. Note that the stock market’s "success" is the president’s greatest achievement.

Trump was on Hannity Wednesday night, telling people that the official mortality rate is a "false number" and advising people to go to work even if they are sick. He said that he had a "hunch" it was below 1% mortality, contrary to all the known statistcs. He offered no substantiation or data. That is why the first question is always, "Where's your data?" Or I guess in this case, "Tell me a little about that hunch."

Americans are easy to convince that everything is fine. They are also easy to convince they need to Be Very Afraid. In the end, it's the same thing.

As time progresses, more events like this will happen, on different scales -- more jolts, small to medium, each of which, like a minor earthquake, pushes the question of and concerns about the Big One.

Bear in mind, however, that 780 million people are still under travel restrictions (mostly in China), tens of millions are on lockdown (mostly in China), and 300 million kids cannot go to school (mostly in Asia). And in local news, I learned directly from someone that a student on Vashon Island in Washington (once home to Planet Waves) has a confirmed case of the virus. The school is denying it because the information came from the parents and not from the Department of Health. The death rate among confirmed Washington State cases is around 30%, because they have not done enough testing.

Get used to this kind of game. Learn how to take care of yourself. Those who do will be a lot better off. The United States is not prepared for a problem like this, especially as they have been "de-preparing" for years.

Please read my rant about the authoritarian medical model from Monday's edition.

Note as well, we are tracking the latest news through the day, every day. I'm posting mainly items related to public health, holistic health and politics.

With love,
PS -- I will be back with a new horoscope in the Monday Morning edition, to be posted to our subscribers Sunday night. We've left the March monthly horoscope in tonight's edition.

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Full Moon and Mercury Direct Happen Around Same Time; Coronavirus Discussion is Likely to Change Directions

I have covered this weekend's astrology, and through March, in the most recent Monday Morning edition.

Here is a short recap of events. In summary, the Full Moon and Mercury direct occur within a few hours of one another. The Moon is full in the sign Virgo at 1:47 pm EDT on Monday, March 9. Note that Daylight Savings Time begins in the United States over the weekend. Mercury stations direct in Aquarius at 11:48 pm EDT later that same evening (Tuesday morning in Britain, Europe and Asia).

Chart for the Venus-Uranus conjunction Sunday. You can see the conjunction at the very top of the chart, on the left. Note that several other planets align at 4+ degrees of their signs, including Chiron, the mean apogee, and Pholus. The lunar nodes are at 5+, indicating additional energy in the pattern. You can see the Sun-Neptune conjunction toward the top right at 18+ degrees.
Just these two events is a lot to pile up in the same place. Through this mini-era, the Sun will be conjunct Neptune, which is in itself potentially confusing in that sublime way. Be aware that Sun-Neptune, Moon-Neptune and Neptune angular (in ascendant, for example) can have an isolating feeling. Try not to get too caught in that. Take time within if you need it; make some space for social experience if you need it, preferably in person.

It's likely that the coronavirus discussion will reach a peak of intensity prior to the Full Moon opposite Neptune, and then shift directions into next week.

One thing I've noticed is that "what happens during Mercury retrograde tends to stay in Mercury retrograde." It can exist as a kind of separate reality (like so much we live with today). I'm not predicting we will get so lucky as to have the whole thing go away (as Pres. Trump has predicted), though I think it will be a different discussion.

So, get ready for a bunch of confusing, conflicting and potentially incorrect reports over the next few days. Then the Full Moon-Neptune wave will pass; and then let's see if the "truth revealed" property of Mercury stationing direct has an influence or a notable correlation.

Ahead of both the Full Moon and Mercury direct is a spectacular little aspect, Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus, or said another way, Aphrodite conjunct Prometheus. This is exciting, sexual, creative, curious, fun and potentially kinky. It's the perfect aspect to have in the midst of a bunch of sea-change type events. The uncertainty and change associated with both the Full Moon and Mercury direct will provide an environment where some real experimentation is possible.

Thanks to a trine with Pholus, there will be lot of energy flowing through that Venus-Uranus conjunction. Make sure you know the gas from the brakes. And be aware that you will make different decisions when under the influence of alcohol or a substance (which counts under the influence of Neptune). Keep an eye on your mind map.
On the Topic of Hand Sanitizer

My friend Beth when in nursing school took microbio lab with a professor named Dawn Holsapple. Every semester they did the same experiment -- test the efficacy of household disinfectant and cleaning products, one of which was Purell.

Every time they got the same result -- Purell made matters worse. Remember that this is what nurses are told will sanitize their hands as they go from bed to bed. Handwashing is an issue in nursing; a retired nurse recently told me that through her career, she washed her hands into being 10 years older than she is.

I'm one of those people who thinks "Dr Bronner's" is the answer to everything. If I can't figure out a certain horoscope, I pump it out of the bottle. (Dr. Bronner was an Aquarius.)
Anyway, here is the upshot of the experiment's results, which Beth said were repeated every semester:

1. Using sanitizer means not washing.

2. Using sanitizer means not mechanically removing anything, as with soap and water. Rather, all the original material stays in place and is merely smeared around a little.

3. Purell contains polysaccharides to thicken it. This is an adhesive and it also feeds microbes. So the original microbes remain; they are fed additionally by body heat and perspiration; and the adhesive attaches new microbes as you contact other surfaces. These are fed by the product. Then those microbes are spread from contact to contact, i.e., from bed to bed.

4. Contact with alcohol kills some microbes, but it must be sustained contact with greater than 70% alcohol. Purell is not sustained contact, it is momentary contact. Sustained, depending on the pathogen, might mean 15 minutes. Or five minutes. Purell is neither.

5. BONUS: Beth Bagner read this article and adds, "Also kills healthy bacteria (probiotic) that protects your skin." It's the perfect product!

Side note, Purell tried to sell surgeons on its product, in lieu of the five-minute scrub. They said no way.

Now, if you think, how could the chemical manufacturer claim it works, well, PCB transformers were required by insurance companies as safety equipment well into the 1970s when it was well known (within the electrical industry) that they would not only not prevent fires, but explode.

But still, the marketing department could say, "They're so safe the insurance company requires them," which was the product of another dirty deal.

And on a Historical Note: Lysol was Contaminated with Dioxin

Also in disinfectant news: for many years, Lysol was contaminated with dioxin, out of the factory. The active ingredient was Santophen made by Monsanto. This is your morality tale if you don't think that a wholesome-seeming product touted as perfectly safe just might have a problem…Lysol had a big problem, and it was advertised as safe for dogs and kids, and your kitchen and your sink…and it was spreading the Vietnam War-era toxin dioxin.

This quotation is from the appellate brief in the case Kemner v. Monsanto circa 1989. The term "2,3,7,8" is a technical nickname for dioxin, referring to the positions of the chlorine molecules in the most toxic form of the substance (a chlorine byproduct), formally called 2,3,7,8-tetrachloro-para-dioxin. It is considered the most toxic chemical known to science. Lysol was laced with 2,3,7,8 for years, possibly decades.

"Monsanto's Santophen is the active ingredient in Lysol disinfectant and cleaning products. Monsanto's analytical chemist, Fred Hileman, testified that Monsanto knew that Lysol is recommended for cleaning babies' toys and for various other cleaning activities involving direct contact with the human body. Yet, there is no dioxin warning on the Lysol package. Hileman testified that he knew people who used Lysol were contacting three parts per billion of 2,3,7,8 and that 2,3,7,8 is extremely toxic. Hileman testified that he knew people were spraying their lawns with products containing Monsanto's 2,3,7,8 and that these people didn't even know it because they had not been told the products contained dioxin, let alone 2,3,7,8."
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The future of dating has arrived -- and it's click-to-order. Image still from "Print Your Guy."
Print Your Guy: Can A Woman 3D Print The Perfect Partner?
By Morgan Francis

Time to ditch your blow-up dolls and dildos! In the short film Print Your Guy, customizable androids have taken dating to the next level. Created in 2016 by nine students from the Bellecour School of Art in Lyon, France, this comedy follows a nerdy red-head on a mission to possess the perfect boyfriend -- even if she must build him herself.

Open browser. Select Specs. Click Submit -- then simply await the swift arrival of your mail-order man! The film is fiction not far from a likely future reality -- the emergence of 'digisexuality'.

"A digisexual is someone who sees immersive technologies such as sex robots and virtual reality pornography as integral to their sexual experience, and who feels no need to search for physical intimacy with human partners," University of Manitoba researcher Neil McArthur and University of Wisconsin Colleges professor Markie Twist wrote in a recent essay for The Conversation.

However, this animation also shows us that the adoption of an "android boyfriend" is not without its disappointments in classic careful-what-you-wish-for style. In the end, it's just an average "flesh-and-bones" joe who turns out to be "the one". Ultimately, no matter how hard we try to substitute machines for our needs, real human beings are irreplaceable.

We will be featuring short films in the CREATE column for a while. If you know of any interesting ones, including any that you've made, please let us know.

Coronavirus and its Astrology

The most recent edition of Planet Waves FM covers the astrology surrounding our current news environment, focusing on Mercury retrograde and also the Chiron-Pholus square that is exact for the 7th and last time this weekend. My musical guest is Silencio! They are a slow-jazz group that does music in the spirit of David Lynch's films. There's also a new edition of Tantra Studio in the last 45 mins of the program.

Note that new programs tend to go up late Saturday night and are located on the Planet Waves FM tab on the new website. Archived programs going back years are located on the Planet Waves FM website.

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An Aquarian Era
Update on RESPECT 2021+ Written Readings

Dear Friend and Reader:

The written RESPECT readings -- called An Aquarian Era -- covering 2021-2023 are underway. I've now published the first two readings, and more are coming soon.

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Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscope for March was published on Saturday, Feb. 29, and is repeated below in this issue. We published your extended monthly horoscope for February on Thursday, Jan. 30. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope after the Sun has entered a new sign.
Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for March 2020 (#1277) | By Eric Francis
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- The Sun's ingress into your sign March 19 sparks up your drive for individuality. This is mostly about the Sun's conjunction to Chiron, the one planet that is not afraid to stand out. Yet being oneself demands actual courage, because there is so much pressure placed on all of us to fall in line and to go with the mob. People often struggle to stand up even to their closest friends on matters of deep personal importance. Usually, it's easier to be quiet and pretend to agree, and this is not going to work. The Sun's transit through your sign presents an adventure for everyone, particularly for you, and this will be encrypted into your year-ahead chart (called your solar return). At every corner, you will be faced with some version of the same question: do you have the guts to speak up, or to break from the crowd and do your thing? This is about living your truth: no small matter. You may find a greater sense of independence when Saturn enters Aquarius on the 21st, which will serve to put a boundary between you and those you relate to. This begins a long (three year) experiment in redefining yourself in the context of any and all groups; any and all communities. The general trend will be away from the digital sphere and toward the physical sphere. We all know it can be a little strange finally meeting someone in person whom you've known for years as an online friend. Now, imagine that multiplied by the whole world.
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Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- You have not made up your mind about a great many important matters in your life, nor do you have a clear vision of the future. Yet you're in an excellent position to be at peace with this, and to take developments as they come. Remember that as far as re-envisioning your life is concerned, the only thing that can change is you. Your plans do not depend on the world changing, or rather, they cannot. One thing you tend to struggle with is changing your beliefs. This, in turn, relates to difficulty seeing what they are. You can only challenge an assumption if you catch yourself making it. And you would only do so if you thought that in challenging yourself you would gain more than you would lose. Anyway, the next few weeks will present you with many opportunities to question what you believe. This may come in the form of others who confront you in ways that may seem deeply personal or inappropriate. You may feel like someone is trying to prove you wrong. However, I suggest you remember your flexibility, which is your most important ally at this time of transformation in your life. Keep in mind how at times you've altered your views, seemingly pivoting on a twopence piece. You have been thinking certain matters through over and over again. When Venus enters your sign on March 4, you will have a better sense of where you stand with yourself, and then soon after will make a discovery about yourself more radical than what anyone else might say.
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Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- Mercury retrograde has been making it difficult to get a grip on certain professional matters and relationships for the past few weeks. Yet through the month, you're likely to see how any delays or derailments you experienced will have worked to your benefit. However, you have some ground to cover between now and March 9 when Mercury changes directions. Don't just bide your time; prepare for the future. If you are working on a concept to expand your business and financial horizons, take your time and get it right. Work through your plan several times before taking action. Be open to modifying your concept and your agenda several times, rather than falling in love with your idea in its original form. It's true that sometimes the first thought is the best thought, and yet often there is something of the original in the later iterations. In any event the first concept will set you on your path. However, around the time that Mercury stations direct, you will be doing your very best and most intuitive thinking. This is why I suggest you hold off taking any action, other than on the research and development level. Make sure you honor the refinement process even for those ideas. The astrology suggests you might be in a rush, when that would not be helpful and is not necessary. Your ideas are good enough to warrant patience, and to take them to a few additional levels of depth. Remember, too, that reputations are built gradually over time.
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Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- You may be addressing all manner of confrontation and adversity, some of it blatant, some of it subtle. You've probably been wondering what's up. Better things are happening than you may imagine. Your environment may be putting up resistance now, though that is about to change. Don't hold your breath, though. Keep breathing. Every one of these overt and covert dances with aggression contains information for you. Some will describe what you need. Others will describe what you don't need. A few will give you ideas about what changes you need to make. Consider that everything has, at minimum, information value. Mars has been causing some irritation in your relationship house, and will be doing so for a while longer. Do not take negative opinions as any kind of consensus, but listen to them, and see if you can get a sense of where the person is coming from. They are likely to be saying more about themselves than they are about you, though you still want to know that. Large developments are on the horizon; there is energy moving, which will begin to make itself known in more obvious ways amidst a tight cluster of developments around March 7-10. This is just the warm-up. Two things happen at the time of the equinox: the Sun illuminates your career angle, and Saturn enters your house of commitment. This will help solidify new commitments and agreements, and help you gain the visibility that you need. Persist in your efforts. Soon it will be new players in a whole new game.
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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- You must be meticulous in your self-care the next few weeks. You have energy, and at the same time, there are high demands on your energy. So you must work to stay in balance, and to not let anything go out of control. Watch the road, be vigilant about weather conditions, and watch your speed. Ideally you will be depending on the strength of your ideas rather than your time and your labor. Yet when something needs to be done, it may serve your efficiency to do it yourself rather than to delegate to anyone else, that is, unless you're certain they're better at the task than you are. You may finally begin to encounter worthy collaborators toward the end of the month, when Saturn makes its way into your opposite sign Aquarius. This is a kind of homecoming for you -- a reconciliation with those you may consider your equals. Don't rush to any conclusions; give people time to demonstrate their commitment and their abilities. Not everyone will make the cut, which is just fine. Not everyone has to, though you need to be discerning and notice who is helpful. Some people currently in your life will go their own way, as one of the primary functions of Saturn is clearing space. Remember at all times that in the first instance, it is your ideas that bestow the mantle of leadership on you. And close behind it is your depth of commitment. Look for the most complex problems and then use your intelligence to develop efficient solutions that actually shift the dynamics of your situation. By this, I mean actual results.
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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- Creativity is only worth something if it has a job to do. It does not matter whether that job is a sculpture, a painting or solving a global problem. Therefore, do not be enamored of your own fountain of brilliance; rather engage yourself in finding a way through the maze that is your existence at the moment. Then work yourself into a position where you depend on your intellectual gifts because you need to. Skip the credit, the accolades and even the notion of being respected, and get down to the business at hand. Beware that there may be distractions in the form of "well-meaning" others who can sing, dance and twirl fire. Excuse yourself to another room, or advise them of the policy about no open flame. In general, the less you do with others the better -- stick to what you can do for them, preferably that only you can do. Ideally, you will be in the position of weaving together the strands of a project or enterprise. Try on the notion that there is a right way to do things, and you have to find it. This will call for a series of modest experiments (and a few bold ones) that gradually morph into the right shape. You will know you're heading in a productive direction because you will actively learn approaches that you apply. You will identify problems you solve, that ease the way. Group activities will become more efficient and tend toward simpler transactions. Notice and unravel your own tendency to overthink and overcomplicate.
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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- Saturn entering Aquarius this month signifies a deliverance from your persistent self-confidence issues. The question remains whether you had a reason to feel like you've been living on shaky ground for so long, or you were merely caught in an emotional loop. The answer is probably both, though there is one crucial factor involved: somehow thinking you need the approval of your family to do what you want to do. This kind of insecurity often ends up being used as an excuse to avoid your desires and your talents, and is a good fodder for therapy that goes on for years and years. There comes a time, rapidly approaching, when you have to break some rules, and be determined to flunk the purity test. Rest assured that very few people actually care, and if they claim to care, it's none of their business. Your life is now about honoring your plans and motives, or that must be central to your design scheme. Others will try to get your attention and insist that their priorities are the real ones for you to follow. You must resist these lobbying efforts, particularly at work. Events between March 4 and March 16 will provide the opportunity for you to focus efforts, with enough time to stabilize your work flow, get into a rhythm and have the feeling of accomplishment. Then hold that rhythm until Saturn changes signs on the 21st, and you will begin a whole new experiment in something truly impressive -- not being distracted by the agendas of others, whether real or imagined.
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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- It is often hilarious what passes for originality -- that thing everyone has heard about or done countless times. You know: the sandwich, the action thriller, the codependent love song. It's time for you to stick out your thumb, or pack your bicycle, and head for the open road. It's time to ascend to the high peaks of the mind, and see the landscape that few ever get to witness. To do this, you'll need to leave something behind, which is a mentality you've dragged around for years, and which is an inherited item. You won't know how good this feels until you do it, so I suggest you encourage yourself, and give yourself a push, and get out the door. If you cannot forget what other people think, then be a little aggressive about not caring. Or hand it back rebelliously. If you catch yourself seeking approval -- of anyone, friends, family, colleagues, your partner, whomever -- do your best to persist. This is not an easy thing to do in 2020, where it's natural to worry about being canceled if you don't have the same tattoo and the same 'ideas' as everyone else. However, new and different things are about to happen. It's up to you whether you decide to stay home and feel insecure, or get out the door, and the door of your mind, and find out what the universe is made of. This is a journey, a trip, a trek. Experiencing the unfamiliar is directly involved. If you're doing this right, you should feel a little nervous and have the sense that you'll be some kind of outcast. Then, keep going.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- A lot changes in March. Saturn changes signs, rare alignments happen, and the world may seem to thunder and quake. Your challenge will be mediating between feeling your power and your emotional vulnerability. The question you must ask yourself is which one gets the last word, when it comes to the choices you make. For one born under a sign as supposedly bold as yours, you do tend to take safe (or seemingly safe) options on a fairly regular basis. This would seem to be motivated by self-preservation. However, you can no longer cling to the thing you think you're preserving, because it no longer exists. That element of yourself which needs to be protected has long since exited the room, though it's left its memory behind. Don't try to live for that memory or ghost or nostalgia. Yes, both the present and the future seem a little dangerous, but living in any form of a fantasy is much more so. And that is where most of the world is at the moment, trying to convince itself of what is real and what is not, rather than directly seeking out the answer. Your astrology suggests that access to your confidence is now, more than ever, a personal choice. Think of your self-assurance as something you choose, rather than something you earn, aspire to or encounter by a freak accident. The question is whether you want it or not. The more you feel your strength, the more likely you are to want to use it. The more you use it, the greater challenges you will encounter. It's better to take those on a voluntary basis.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- This is a month of significant events involving your sign. There are too many to go into here (I give additional details elsewhere). The big ones include Saturn exiting your sign and entering Aquarius on the 21st (a 29-year event), and the buildup of Jupiter conjunct Pluto (exact April 4, but cooking hot for you all month long). And Mars is driving this along, in both speed and intensity. You'll probably feel like a different person, on an almost day-by-day basis. This in turn may come with the sensation of being a snake or crab who has just molted its skin or shell. Yet you will also be able to experience your surroundings in a new way, which means, above all else, to feel yourself. You cannot really feel anything else, can you? Whatever that something else may be, the sensation is coming through you. The crust you're shedding was serving a purpose, which was a form of insulation. The substance was made of various excuses, insecurities and scenarios: in essence, stories. I have a suggestion for you -- reject the concept of a story. I know it's all the rage now; the story of everyone and everything is plastered everywhere. This word has become a verbal tick, and I consider it a form of a cover-up. You have something better available, which is direct revelation of the world as it is now. This is more than perception, which is also a form of made-up story. What you have available is for the world to reveal itself, and for you to reveal yourself.
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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- One of the best things in all of astrology happens this month: Saturn enters your sign, on a test run between March 21 and when it re-enters Capricorn on July 1. For Aquarius Sun and rising, this will feel like some version of a container cracking open and suddenly allowing in light and oxygen. Saturn is not just very well placed in Aquarius; it is a central concept in astrology. I am aware of the negative propaganda circulating about "Saturn entering a sign [allegedly] ruled by Uranus," though you can count this on the level of Burger King astrology (complete with day-old French fries). Saturn in Aquarius is more like your favorite band taking the stage on a really good night. Or it's a professor you meet as a sophomore who explains your chosen subject to you in a way that fully engages your mind, and your motivation. This is only the warm-up. The focus of your astrology has long been one sign back, in Capricorn, which has been a constant source of pressure, instability, fear, and a measure of introspection -- if you could go there. That continues, with the stunning conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto, which you could describe as the inner light. Saturn in Aquarius will invite you into the feeling of stability, which has been rare to find the past few years. It will get you out of your head, and help you externalize an element of your deep inner world and integrate it into the self you utilize and communicate through every day.

Note, please watch the front page of Planet Waves for a discussion (probably in video, and definitely on my radio show) about what planet rules Aquarius. I'll have that fairly soon, and you will love it.
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Astrology Studio for Pisces | A New Reading by Eric Francis

This is a momentous time in collective history, and a turning point in your life. As the year develops, most of the movement -- including Pisces' ruling planet Jupiter, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction -- will be pointing into Aquarius, the most sensitive and innermost angle of your chart. I also cover the retrogrades of Venus and Mars, and the forthcoming Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in your friendship sign Capricorn. Mostly, I help you orient on your profound journey, and offer guidance how to harmonize with the world at this unusual time. Get instant access to this reading here.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- A Course in Miracles is replete with statements the like of, "Only the truth is true, and nothing else matters." You can cut through a lot of toxic sludge with an idea like that, and I suggest you keep it close to your heart. Don't worry about the definition of the truth, or whether it has a big T or a little T, or the nature of truth in the quantum polyverse or in our modern insanity. The truth is an orientation. It is a commitment. It is an understanding you have with yourself and with existence. There is no rationalizing or explaining or splitting hairs. It is not an intellectual thing. It's your essential contract with life. Your assignment is to find the feeling of standing and of being in your truth, and stay there. Stay there till you don't want to be anywhere else. Endure any strange reactions you may get, and try not to be too distracted if you notice the heaps of denial that so many and so much is buried in. Yes, there is vulnerability in being open about this, though the truth, your truth, is not a private thing you keep in a little box -- not if it's going to be allowed to possess the power it has to heal you and re-orient your relationship with the world. By this I mean the world you see and live in every day. There are lots of zombies walking around, that is true; just stand back a little and let them pass. There are lots more alive people, people who want to express being alive, and who are going to notice you and the energy you're emanating. All you need to say is hello.
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