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All Eyes on the Eclipse Degree, and Mercury Retrograde

Dear Friend and Reader:

Now that the eclipse itself has passed, the standout factor in the sky is Mercury retrograde in Virgo. All the interesting things that happen over the next two weeks involve Mercury. For example, the Sun and Mercury will form their interior conjunction on Saturday, marking the halfway point of the retrograde.

Then Mercury will form a conjunction to a weird, barely-extant point called Transpluto, which combination feels like a camel going through the eye of a needle. Then, Mercury will make a conjunction to Mars, and then stop and station direct in the exact degree of the eclipse -- 29 degrees of Leo.

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Image of the Moon transiting across the Sun, taken by SDO (NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory) in ultraviolet light. Credit: NASA/SDO.
This brings us to an interesting point about the degrees where eclipses happen: they become a distinct entity in the sky, which can show up in charts for many years after the event.

We see this on a local scale with Mercury retrograde ending on Sept. 5 within one-half of a degree of where the eclipse occurred. This is what I mean by the eclipse degree showing up places. It stays put; other planets come to visit, at unusual times and situations.

The Pisces Full Moon also happens about 20 hours after Mercury stations direct. That describes a kind of emotional peak, and is also the first Full Moon after a New Moon eclipse.

Notably, perhaps most notably -- just two days earlier, on Sept. 3 -- there is an exact conjunction of Mercury and Mars in the eclipse degree, which is right on Trump's degree rising. Are you following me here? The eclipse is still a rather hot rock, Mercury is involved, and Mars shows up to add a little passion, flame and excitement. To everything, but mostly to the president and what he represents.

So save your eclipse goggles. And maybe wear earplugs. You will need them.

We'll get a sense of what this whole (as in whole) crazy business has been about, particularly in the collective realm. Much that was hidden will emerge; it's already seeping out of the bag, even as the president -- in whose 29-degree Leo ascendant all this occurs -- is going insane at a more rapid pace than previously observed.

I'll say this again a different way. Mercury, slow and powerful, and Mars form a conjunction on the president's ascendant. Then Mercury stations direct. Anything could happen, speaking on the currently FUBAR presidential level.

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A radiant "diamond" of sunlight is seen in the moments after totality during the eclipse, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Credit: NASA/SDO.
The 'truth revealed' quality of Mercury stationing direct seems ready to come into the fore. Note also that the very last degree of Leo, right in the throat of all this action, has the visual symbol, "An unsealed letter." Over the next 10 days, it looks like we will see some of the contents of that envelope.

News of what your eclipse was like has been filtering in. Your letters are giving me a sense of just what we mean when we talk about the spiritual or evolutionary growth associated with an eclipse.

Whether you had a chance to see the thing or not, any eclipse can be potent and life-altering. "The experience itself, in the moment, was very much a distortion of my sense of time and reality," one friend wrote to me. She added that the feeling of sudden twilight in the middle of the day "really is an unnatural feeling, like being on another planet. Twilight without the passage of time."

One way to think of a solar eclipse is like living out an entire lunar cycle in just two minutes. It's a concentrated experience of space and time, which creates a standing wave pattern in your life. You will be working with the experiences of this era in your personal history for a while.

I'm hearing about the burdens that people carry, and what you want to do about them. "I deal with a lot of people throughout my work day, and many of them are fearful, or extremely needy to the point of rudeness to get what they want," one reader wrote. "I have to constantly remind myself to remain calm, patient and kind. It sucks the life out of me and I am quite exhausted emotionally by the time I get home."

She continued: "I have been examining the basis for my fear, and anger."

"I see a pattern with my sister which I do not like," another wrote. "I don't know how I should approach it or if I should approach it at all. It seems that she is hurting the one that helps her the most. I don't understand it."

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NASA Flight Engineer Randy Bresnik captured the total solar eclipse as seen from the unique vantage of the International Space Station. Bresnik is part of the current Expedition 52 crew. Credit: NASA/SDO.
"I realized I needed to quit smoking weed," another reader wrote. "It was a long time coming, but I officially quit the day of the Leo new moon on the 23rd. It's just not for me anymore. It was hard the first week."

"The eclipse, on my Saturn at 29 Leo, has brought me to a new awareness of my own power as an intelligent force," another reader said in an email.

That's the spirit. We're about to experience a whole lot of weirdness: Monday's eclipse was, in my view, the opening of the U.S. Pluto return (see In Search of Pluto). We could trace this back to 2008, but the concentrated phase of this astrology goes well into the next decade with an impressive peak between now and 2020.

This will indeed require many individuals to be aware of their power as an intelligent force. Count yourself in.

I'll see you with a weekly horoscope on Sunday night. This edition contains the September monthly horoscope, which I wrote in the last days before the total solar eclipse in Leo.

Good to be with you --

With love,

Additional Eclipse Photos

The images above were mainly sourced from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. However, we've also spotted some excellent photos from other observers. Here are a few albums for you to enjoy:

Justin Dolske -- Cupertino, CA

Anthony Quintano -- Honolulu, HI

David Moulton -- Steamboat Springs, CO

Cody Allison -- New Orleans, LA

Planet Waves (ISSN 1933-9135) is published each Sunday and Thursday evening in Kingston, New York, Planet Waves, Inc. Core Community membership: $197/year. Editor and Publisher: Eric Francis Coppolino. Web Developer: Anatoly Ryzhenko. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Client Services: Amy Elliott. Eric's Assistant: Ellen Dockery. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Media Consultant: Andrew Ellis Marshall McLuhan. Music Director: Daniel Sternstein. Bass and Drums: Daniel Grimsland. Additional Research, Writing and Opinions: Amy Jacobs, Cindy Ragusa and Carol van Strum.
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We've just published In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis. The video readings for all 12 signs cover the Great American Eclipse of Aug. 21 and well beyond. We'll be increasing the price again soon, so don't hesitate to order your copy here, or choose your individual signs here.

I've been a devoted student of eclipses since beginning astrology. Here's some of my earlier writing, published before the grand cross and total solar eclipse of Aug. 11, 1999. These few paragraphs below will give you a feeling for just how significant eclipses are. This one is one of the most important in American history, which I've covered here.
Eclipses are astrology we can't deny. If there is a conjunction between Saturn and Uranus, it's invisible, and while many people may experience changes, only astrologers and their merry bands of readers and students know what's happening. Yet when the Sun vanishes, you can be sure that normal activity will come to a stop.

Our busy world will pause, and everyone, from herbicide activists nestled in the hills of Oregon to rock stars in Nashville, will stand in the silent shadow of the cosmic order with the astonishment of small children coursing in their hearts.

This doesn't happen often, and you can imagine the awesome power of so many people embraced in a kind of simultaneous, captive meditation as everything around them momentarily ceases to be normal. Call it a reality lapse, only it's one into which the real reality can flow very easily.

In terms of their astrological meaning, eclipses of the Sun follow this image of collective awareness and radical break of continuity. Whether you can see the eclipse does not matter; part of the miracle of astrology is it works anyway. As many of us are discovering personally, eclipses are expanded moments of often uncontrollable, unpredictable change. They also bring the civilization and its communities together, usually through important collective events and the media.

Eclipses are evolutionary gateways, which is another way of saying that when they show up, we do a lot of growing in a short time. Delays are compensated. Old accounts can be wiped clean. While each is unique, eclipses often feel like being shot through a funnel of space-time, and we emerge somewhere different than where we entered. The key to making the best use of them is to move with the energy, not cling to anything or anyone too tightly, and to stay open.

Literally, breathe, communicate, feel, love, observe and receive. Remember your intentions. The sense of panic that sometimes accompanies them yields nicely to awareness and revelation, mental conditions that are more natural than we often realize.
Astrological Alchemy, Post-Eclipse

By Amanda Painter

With the Great American Eclipse now behind you, how are you feeling? Do you notice anything different? Do you feel like things are pretty much business as usual, or has your life changed dramatically?

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Photo by Amanda Painter.
Due to previously made plans for this week, I'm actually writing this several days ahead of when you're reading it; as I type, the eclipse is still about 24 hours away and fast approaching.

I just turned down an unexpected creative opportunity in favor of getting done all the things I'm obligated to complete, and (as sometimes happens around eclipses), I'm wondering if I've just ignored some kind of signal from the universe that I ought to have said 'yes' to.

Perhaps you can relate to that feeling of uncertainty and second-guessing. If so, you probably know it's sometimes a tricky thing to shake.

In other words, it can be challenging even for astrologers to be sitting on one side of a major astrological event (especially an eclipse) and to imagine how life might feel or how different it might look on the other side. So I’m going to let you fill in that side of the story for yourself, and will offer a few highlights of the astrology for when you’ll be reading this.

The Sun entered Virgo on Tuesday, the day after the Leo New Moon and eclipse, joining retrograde Mercury and shifting the overall tone. Virgo is the last sign in the current season. You may already be noticing the signs of summer loosening its hold -- either with things like the harvest from your garden and cooler nights, or children heading back to school.

Relative to the eclipse in Leo, solar Virgo seems to follow along with an appropriate emphasis on correlating and digesting what you’ve just experienced. It’s time to begin gathering materially whatever you need in order to develop and manifest what emerged for you during the weeks between eclipses.

Continue reading →
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Vision Quest lineup: from left, Mark Ferraro, Eric Francis, Daniel Grimsland and Daniel Marc. Sunday's performance also included three additional drummers, two vocalists and a few others. Photo by Ellen Dockery.
This week on Planet Waves FM
Musical Invocation of the Total Eclipse

Dear Friend and Listener:

Most of this week's program [play episode here] is Sunday night's invocation of the total eclipse. All of us at Planet Waves have spent months explaining the event from spiritual and psychological perspectives, in language. By the end, the only way to express things was in rhythm and tone.

The concert, which took place at The Place of the Way in Kingston, starts as a drum circle with about seven drummers and percussionists, which lasts for about 15 minutes, then turns into an electric rock show. I am playing guitar the first half, and five-string bass the second half.

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Eclipse as seen from Woodstock, NY. Photo by Juliet Rabia Gentile, who plays Persian frame drums in the Vision Quest house concert.
I learned more about music in these two hours than I have in the past seven years of diligent musical study. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

I'll present that uninterrupted after a brief introduction summing up my observations here on "the day after."

Thank you to Daniel Grimsland for rehearsing with me nearly every night the week before the show, for helping with the technical details, and for recording the show. When we publish the board recording, I'll provide a proper list of credits.

What you have here is the ambient recording, meaning I placed a Zoom H6 digital recorder on the refrigerator, took a guess at the levels, and pointed it at the stage. Please note that there are some room sounds mixed in, though as the show heats up, these tamp down.

The show brought together many musicians who might never have worked together.

I'm interested in your stories of personal revelation and transformation related to this event. I suggest you take a wide view, going back at least a month to the first Leo New Moon on July 23. Please write to me.

Thank you for making our midyear reading, focused on the eclipse, one of our bestselling astrology products in quite a while. It seems to have rung the bell for many people, and it's still available by single sign or as all 12 signs.

These readings will be relevant for a while, and will seem even more interesting when you listen again at the end of the year, and then early next year as the planetary changes I'm describing begin to take hold.

Planet Waves FM is published by Chiron Return, the nonprofit arm of Planet Waves. We also publish The Gemstone File and when Mercury is direct, we'll be announcing the details on Investigative Reporting from the Kitchen Table, our forthcoming class.

We are supported by your generosity and social conscience. Thank you for contributing; all donations are tax-deductible, if you file in the United States.

Thank you for participating.

With love,

September Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscopes for September are published below in this issue. We published your extended monthly horoscopes for August on Thursday, July 27. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Thursday after the Sun has entered a new sign.
Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for September 2017, #1164 | By Eric Francis
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- The question of your relationships is about devotion. That does not imply monogamy or sex, or living together, or getting married, or being jealous, or even being together. What is strongly implied is making sure that you hold open the space for the right thing to happen. That might mean accepting the relationship in a new form; it certainly means consciously embracing the changes and the growth process of the people you care the most about. Yet the astrology I'm describing is not merely personal or private. It's about your relationship to 'the world', which means to your environment and all the people in it. Right now this is likely to have some unusual properties, which defy the usual course of your romantic relationships. Take these opportunities eagerly; you will learn many deep and beautiful lessons as your habitual relational tendencies are altered by new experiences. There's a dual question: what is the meaning of sex, and what is the meaning of non-sex? Take these slowly. Notice the erotic qualities of every exchange, especially those relationships which specifically exclude what we think of as sex. This will teach you more about the meaning and nature of your erotic life than nearly anything else. Hold space for this learning process. Hold space for the people in your life to grow, change and evolve. Hold space for reality to enter. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- Your creative fires are burning hot and clean. And your solar chart is revealing a devotion to your work that's unusual even for you. This is the beginning of a long-awaited new phase of your professional life, one where the work itself is all that matters. However, you still have that one little skill you need to practice, which is the one about getting out of your own way; the one about not overthinking things; the one about trusting your process. They're part of the same thing. It's possible that the sheer strength of your talent, passion and devotion will get you past that little knee-high fence that your life story includes constantly hopping over. Yet when there's so much energy moving, you're running like a race horse: with precision, and where stumbling can be catastrophic. So keep an eye on that little fence. Make a habit of removing stumbling blocks before you get to them, rather than after. Establish the central purposes of your life, and then organize your life around fulfilling them. Your relationships will need to follow suit. You may find yourself investing your abundant sexual energy into other purposes, which is OK to a point, though with so much happening, and so much needing to be done, you simply must make room for human contact, for long nights together, and for good food. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- Recent astrology, from the total eclipse to Mercury retrograde that's about to end, have all challenged your sense of grounding and security. You've established a new relationship with your living space, with certain relatives, and with the experience of being alive on Earth today. If you can do one thing -- be less judgmental, and more observant -- you will release a torrent of energy. And in the process of doing what amounts to breaking an inner dam, you will feel safer. That must translate to much more than feeling secure inside your four walls. You have to take this into your outer environment. Many people are feeling really, really shaken up right now. They don't necessarily have your power of eternal optimism, or your ability to see things from six viewpoints at once. You are, in a sense, a teacher of safety and of security merely in your gesture of feeling safe. Yet you need to go past that, and translate safety into belonging. This in turn translates to feeling confident enough to speak your mind and do your part, even in the face of what seem to be many reasons not to. When the Sun moves into Libra on the 22nd (the equinox) is when you will truly be summoned to courage and to action. Spend the weeks leading up to that in earnest preparation. Get your house in order. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Your astrological sign (or rising sign) is one ideally suited for the art and craft of writing. Though I've never seen this in a book, it's obvious from study of your solar chart, which emphasizes the sign Virgo right where it's needed most, the 3rd house of communications. Virgo has been bristling for many weeks, and it's especially strong now, with Mercury retrograde wrapping up, with the Sun present, and with Venus and Mars approaching. In recent history, computer programmers emerged as the most powerful people. In the world that's rising, people who can write coherently, with accuracy, and with a touch of elegance will possess a skill that's on the level of alchemy. It doesn't matter if you don't consider yourself a professional writer; devote yourself to learning how to express yourself in written language, and to do so well. This can only come with daily practice. This would include writing letters, emails and stories where you reread, revise and proofread three to five times. What we call writing is 90% thinking; and most of the time, that happens in the revision process. This is something entirely different from our dominant world of tweets and social posts, which are like popcorn compared to the nourishing, potent effects of crafted sentences, paragraphs and essays. The harder this is for you, the more you need to do it. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
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"I have just listened to your Part 1 and Part 2 readings and I am amazed at how accurate it has been. Like you have a telescope watching me shed a skin and transform into a totally changed person in the last 10 years."
-- Pauline Jones
If you have a Leo Sun, rising sign or Moon, how are you feeling about your vision for your life, and in what ways are you ready to take action toward it? On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse in Leo signaled the second stage of whatever life-shifting process you're engaged with.

The reverberations from the recent eclipse will keep rippling out and developing through the next six to twelve months -- and Eric's 2017-18 Leo Birthday Reading will be designed to guide you through it all.
"The past few years have been very difficult on many levels and it has been the readings I get through you that keep me going. Always, absolutely right on, every one of them."
-- Rhonda
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- The world, and your world, is still reverberating with the effects of the total solar eclipse that happened in your sign on Aug. 21. Whatever may be going on for the people in your life, you've arrived at a threshold of your journey on Earth. You may now see that the signs of this go back about two years; many events happened in preparation for what you're experiencing now, and what you're about to experience. Hang loose, stretch your body, and feed yourself well. Keep dedicated people around you. You're entering a period of achievement, which will require that you have a high level of accountability -- and that you bank on all of your skills. As events progress in the outer world, you will be focusing inwardly on an incredible process of becoming. This is the full development of what used to be called personhood. Most people don't have this quality inherently upon being born. It's learned, earned, claimed and re-claimed many times in the course of a lifetime. Some acquire it through loss, pain and sorrow. Some learn it consciously, by taking on the challenges of growth, by consciously embracing change, and by persistently seeking understanding of themselves. There's nothing convenient about this, though in the end, you will only gain. In the coming seasons, vast new horizons of experience will open up. Welcome them joyfully. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
The first astrology segment of your 2017-18 Leo Birthday Reading by Eric is now published. This is a seminal year for Leo Sun, rising and Moon, especially with the upcoming powerful solar eclipse in your sign. Make this dynamic energy work for you -- order your reading today.
Attention Virgo: Just one day after Monday's exciting total solar eclipse, the Sun moves into your sign -- bringing that energy signature front and center into your life, while it's still fresh. Its effects will continue to reverberate and develop for months to come, interacting with a whole host of astrology central to your year ahead. Eric will be covering all the most compelling areas of your life in your upcoming 2017 Virgo Birthday Reading: relationships, career, creativity, family, healing and more. You're invited to pre-order it now, while it's at its lowest discounted price.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- When Mercury, your ruling planet, stations direct on Sept. 5, it does so in the exact same degree as the now-infamous total solar eclipse that happened on Aug. 21. The eclipse created an opening, and now you're about to find out what was really going on. This will, perhaps, take the rest of the month, because you'll need to integrate a discovery that you may find quite unbelievable. The odd bits include how what you figure out was right where you could have seen it all along; and then, how you'll have to consciously make sense of the discovery. What's actually happening is that your mind is opening up in a way that's never happened before. You're becoming more sensitive to an inner source of information, which you can depend upon implicitly. Said another way, you are changing; the structure of your psyche is changing; you are, in truth, a much larger being than you ever imagined. Practicing using these skills, and being this person, will build your confidence in ways you've never imagined possible. The way that a shamanic teacher might phrase things, you're entering into a new relationship to the vast unknown, which you contain. You must stand in a conscious relationship to the mystery of your existence. Let it be what it is, without the need to 'solve' or even resolve anything. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- When the Sun enters your sign on Sept. 22, it forms a conjunction to Vesta. Potentially the most interesting asteroid, Vesta says you have a job to do, to which you must devote yourself with your whole being. You might think of this as a birthday gift from the universe. That the Sun and Vesta meet up early in your sign, activating what's called the Aries Point, describes the kind of impact that you may have. Yet you may be working behind the scenes for a while, and you'll have to do some of what might seem like thankless work. Don't worry about that part: all your efforts count. Between now and when this astrology starts to phase in around Sept. 18 (when Vesta enters your sign), do whatever mental work, housekeeping, karma-clearing and meditation that you need. Each day, make a little progress. Your inner life is particularly rich right now. You may be feeling the effects of many past experiences, in the form of processing them, or searching for their true meaning. If you put your exploration into writing, it will be more satisfying, more effective and give you some documentation to refer to. The form of this writing would be, "this is how I feel about [whoever or whatever] today." Then do that day by day. After a few weeks, you'll have a clue -- and you'll be free to move ahead. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Recent events have thrust you into the spotlight, and also made you subject to a degree of public critique. You don't have an especially thick skin, so this is having its challenging moments. One way to handle this is to guide yourself into living with an unusual degree of transparency. With the people who matter, state your motives, your desires and your needs. Be willing to reveal what you would not ordinarily allow anyone to know, and feel how strong you are when you have no secrets. When Mercury stations direct on the 5th, you may get an extra push in that direction, so make sure all your words and deeds are honorable and fit for public consumption. The current state of our society is that everything comes out sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, there are people looking your way, with the expectation that you understand something they do not. If this isn't true today, it's likely to be pretty soon. You have a proverbial finger on the pulse of public opinion. There's a shift in direction taking place, and your mind is already ahead of the curve. This started in mid-August, but now you're picking up increasingly clear signals about what's developing. The purpose of this is not to predict, and certainly not to be gloomy. Rather, your knowledge gives you and the people you care about a distinct advantage. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- You'll need to keep a high level of influence, and at times control, over all of your projects and affairs. You're in that spot where every detail must be aligned with your grand plan. The gel has not fully set, and you still have considerable influence over just how that happens. Focus on the order in which things need to be done, and laying the groundwork for the future through careful preparation. Focus on who your closest colleagues and allies are; now is the time to firm up arrangements. Several turning points to keep in mind are Mercury changing directions on Sept. 5, which will help resolve any tension in work-related partnerships, and get some additional cash flowing; the Sun's ingress into Libra on the 22nd, which will raise your visibility and shift your priorities onto the big picture; and your ruling planet Jupiter's ingress into Scorpio on Oct. 10, which will refresh your creative well and allow you to draw energy from a much deeper place. There are likely to be many people and many seemingly separate projects involved. You are the conductor of this orchestra, because it's your life and your vision being expressed. Just keep reminding yourself over and over again: this has nothing to do with your parents, except perhaps what you learned from them. You are the next generation. You are the future. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- Are you wrestling with your conscience? Do you need to think about what is good, what is true, and what is righteous? This is preferable to doing the wrong thing, but I wonder what the questions or even struggle is about. You don't need so much theory behind your approach to life, to love, or to work. You don't need to plan as much as you do, especially if planning helps you feel less insecure. Nearly a decade of Pluto in your sign has taught you that everything forever changes. Yet you are the focus of change at the moment; though it's a particularly challenging form of change since what seems to be most influenced is the structure of your psyche. What's actually happening is that a personality husk is falling away, and you're exposing something more elemental and much closer to your core. This is about direct experience, not any form of theory. In a short time you're going to start making decisions, which is a basic level of leadership, and you'll need to choose on the basis of what is objectively right more than what seems right for you personally. What is right is right, and what is true is true, and it's time that you embrace a wider concept of yourself, something that's all-encompassing and committed to your true mission, rather than your questions about it. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- There seem to be more alterations to your financial affairs than in a tailor shop during prom season. Yet you're stitching together a coherent plan, and something with potential. What you need, though, is a more compassionate embracing view of your partnerships. You could do more with certain people, if you recognized how productive the relationships really are. You seem to have a firewall set up between your shared mission with certain people, and your ability to bring that mission to fruition. It's almost as if you're reluctant to consummate the marriage on the first night of the honeymoon. Sometimes hesitation is appropriate, though you would feel more confident if you really understood that your interests are not even vaguely separate from the people around you. You share purpose, you share resources, you share necessities. It's only a flimsy Chinese wall that keeps you thinking there is some division or divergence. You'll start to see the light when Vesta and the Sun move into your fellow air sign Libra in a few weeks. At that point, you'll have a view from a higher altitude, though once you see the lay of the land, come back to Earth. Your services and indeed your inspiration are needed here, in a world that's struggling for any reason to believe that good things are possible, and where people are struggling to have faith in themselves. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- There are suddenly many people in your life: various shades of partners, prospects, potentials, friends, lovers and a few who are deeply devoted to you. Give them credit for showing up every time they do. Make a special effort to see them as whole beings, with whole lives, which happen to interface with yours in a few key places. You possess something that most of them do not, which you might think of as a broad perspective on time, and a rather wide definition of purpose. You see the connections that other people so often miss. You see relevance and patterns where most others see only data, or trivia. Saturn has shifted to direct motion in your house of leadership and responsibility. This is focusing your drive to take responsibility for the whole world you live in. Vesta and the Sun are headed for Libra, which is about you being a master of resources. Even if you have an abundance, use it wisely, save for a rainy day, and plan your future investments carefully. With so many variables in play, you will need to be vigilant about staying in focus and on mission. If you're willing to do that, apply yourself modestly, and have respect for the value of time, you are headed for an unusual period of achievement. Just remember, you didn't do it alone. For your Eric Francis horoscope this week, please see this link.
In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting new 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, has just been published. Don't miss this essential guide to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Order all 12 signs here (recommended), or choose your individual signs.

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