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The Advantages of Uncertainty

Dear Friend and Reader:

I hope you are having a pleasant holiday season.

The approaching New Year commences under the auspices of a Capricorn New Moon, which takes place Thursday morning at 1:53 EST (06:53:08 UTC).

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"The Moon" Tarot card from the Marseilles deck, recolored by Nicolas Conver.
Despite Capricorn being a cardinal sign, which means decisive and authoritative, among other things, there is an air of real uncertainty about this lunation. For one thing, it's conjunct Mercury, which at this point is just over halfway through its retrograde; and it's also sextile Mars in Pisces, which itself is approaching a conjunction with Neptune.

All this is expressive of a changeable environment, evidently a reflection of our present times and for many a source of real apprehension. Uncertainty is something with which the human species finds it difficult to deal; many people far prefer clearly delineated ideas and intractable rules, even if they are not necessarily to our overall benefit. Fundamentalist religious movements are a good example of this.

Yet adaptability to change and questioning is the essence of evolution. Without it, we would not be able to make social progress, or to accept previously unknown ways of thinking and being. The opportunity to do that is a delightful gift, however discomfiting the process may seem.

Mars in Pisces by itself has a nature that's deeply creative and exciting, in which both the determined, driven character of Mars and the more receptive energy of Pisces are melted and transformed. The approaching conjunction with Neptune really opens up that sensation, allowing the intense exploration of emotions in the context of transcendence and healing.

Eric suggests the ability to adapt is like wearing the right shoes and clothes in the rain. As he mentioned in Thursday's full edition, change and growth are inevitable: when everything is moving and shaking, sometimes the only choices are to go with the flow or be pushed.

Remaining in our comfort zones may simply no longer be an option. Yet by embracing that fact, we might well be helping to change both individual lives and our species as a whole for the better. And that has to be worth a little uncertainty.

Eric will have more on the New Moon astrology in tomorrow's Planet Waves FM. In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy New Year.
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Amy Elliott
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A Note From Your Astrologer

Dear Planet Waves Reader:

How are you doing there?

I know we're all feeling the pressure and the stress of uncertainty. What you're feeling is not coming from the news alone. The same cosmic forces, or perhaps timing factors, are acting on everyone and everything. This is not an easy time to keep your head together.

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iMac selfie in my creative shop, Blue Studio.
It is, however, a deeply important time to keep your heart open and live from your soul.

I'm feeling the pressure in my own way, as someone who not only writes about politics but who translates and clarifies the news, with the assignment of taking it above the level of despair. Because I work for you, I don't have the luxury of denial.

Just about everyone has reached the saturation point with politics, especially in its current wholly toxic state.

The feeling of being violently pulled from your inner reality has been agonizing. The confrontation with shadow has been extremely challenging. Admitting that, we're all sitting here watching the world, wondering what's going to happen. And we all have lives to lead: things we want to do, growth to attend to, people to take care of.

The world may be going insane, though you don't have to.

It's taken me a while to work through the pain of the election process and what it means. Gradually I've gathered my energy, done some deep healing and focused my mind on your 2017 reading, called The Book of Your Life.

As I go deeper into the astrology, it's truly been a relief to focus on personal matters, filtering out the madness of the world. The transits we're experiencing are rich. On one level, we're being pelted with total chaos in the form of Uranus conjunct Eris. We are learning how to breathe and find ourselves at the bottom of the digital ocean.


Your Monthly Horoscopes -- and our Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscope for January was published on Thursday, Dec. 22. We published your extended monthly horoscope for December on Wednesday, Nov. 23. We published the Moonshine horoscope for the Sagittarius New Moon, by Len Wallick, on Thursday, Dec. 1. Your Moonshine horoscope for the Gemini Full Moon was published Thursday, Dec. 15. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.


Monday Morning Horoscope for Dec. 26, 2016 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- In the world there are two main forms of power: official and informal. Official power would be the president of a college, who gives orders and must be obeyed. Informal power would be the most popular student on campus who gets things done because people like him or her and are willing to help. People tend to over-emphasize official authority and forget about informal lines of influence; you must remember both. On any question you may have, or task you want to accomplish, a combination of both is necessary. When dealing with people who have actual control, it's necessary to work with their official capacity and their human aspect. That means listening, being helpful and doing what you've agreed to do (and a little more). Tapping unofficial power means keeping your ear to the ground so you have up-to-date information. And it means making sure that your allies are ready to help you when you need it.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- Faith is more than just belief. That's the thing about it. And it's more than hope, more than wishing, more than dreaming. But what is it? It's the thing you need the most, and it's difficult to describe by anything other than its results. Faith contains healing power. It has the ability to reach from one mind to another, transcending the body-level of communication. It's about aligning with your highest truth that, in turn, aligns with something that's wider, deeper or more powerful than your individual strength -- and then you tap into that greater strength. It's possible to get there; many people have, and many are right there, right now. You might say that faith is the opposite of fear. It is love that holds the world in a safe place, and can be directed toward specific situations and people. Just remember, it's easiest to identify by what it's not: neither hope nor desire nor wishing nor dreaming.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- You appear to be headed for a breakthrough in a negotiation process where you may lack any clear advantage. Don't let that deter you. Consider the wider circumstances that surround your situation. Consider everyone involved; ask yourself what's motivating them, what they want and what they need. Then you will understand the actual position you're in. Two factors will work in your favor. One is information. Learn everything you can, whether it's from reviewing your own notes, research, or asking for information from others. Discover everything about every person involved. And then ask people older and more experienced than you what they think. Listen carefully to the opinions you disagree with the most vehemently: they are likely to hold the very best clues. You're trying to do something that will require some thought: rebel and fit in at the same time.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- There's no predicting most other people right now. The best you can do is work with existing people in your life to focus their most basic commitments to you, and to keep the lines of communication open. Whether they will show up for more is anyone's guess. The best thing you can do is to keep your own house in order, which means honoring your top priorities. The less you count on people right now, the better. Nobody is truly self-sufficient, though it's possible to be less dependent on others, and to focus those dependencies on people or businesses that have proven themselves to be reliable partners. At the moment it may seem like you're treading water, or trying to hold things together. Take it lightly. This won't last forever, and soon enough you will be focusing on the next great thing you are ready to accomplish. For now, conserve your energy, do what's necessary and stay right with yourself.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- You're inclined to give people the benefit of the doubt, though now would be a good time to make sure that people prove themselves. This is not about being mean or untrusting; it's about taking care of yourself. Your situation is somewhat complex right now, particularly at work. There don't seem to be any problems you cannot solve, nor challenges you cannot rise to. Yet any person in a position to assist you can also hurt you, particularly for the next month or week or so. That translates to taking it slowly before handing anyone your keys, your password, or care of your kids or critters (especially them). So, screen people carefully, and test them on small projects before you give them bigger ones. If nobody is up to the task, do it yourself, or wait till you find someone appropriate. This goes for all facets of work. 'Tis the season when mindfulness is essential.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- Art usually happens by accident. The same holds true for most inventions and breakthroughs of thought. Of course, you do your bit. You show up in your studio or at your workbench every day that you can. You work on solving the problems that you think you understand, as best you can. You can practice music the way that you always have. Then, remember that the most likely place to make a real discovery or to come up with something original is when you make a mistake of some kind. It might violate the rules or your expectations, but it's different, and it's unusual. In this way, the usual process of being disciplined is the setup, and then the thing that goes wrong, or differently, or in some unexpected way, is the result. Therefore, don't be afraid to be unorthodox, or to stretch and bend and blend colors, notes and ideas. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. They can have brilliant results.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- It seems like you need some passion in your life. Currently most of the energy that would become some form of love or creative expression appears to be getting burned up by worry. Most of that, in turn, seems to surround family issues or shared living arrangements. You must look out for your own interests first, and not be distracted by others who want to hand you their problems. They may have done so in the past, and they may know how to push your buttons, though that doesn't mean you have to go along for the ride. Anything involving your own children, if you have any, requires special handling. You probably consider them a direct extension of yourself, though be aware of the ways that can be used against you, and play a clean game. Back to my original point: you need passion, not distraction; you need love, not the kinds of political games people seem to be playing.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Are you living your past desires, or your present ones? I mean this in two areas of your life: sexual relationships, and your creative aspirations. Go back to age 16 and ask yourself what you wanted. Then pick a date halfway between then and now, and ask yourself what you wanted. Now consider what you want today -- and whether you're satisfied with your life. If you're not, I would propose that you need some new desires; some new goals; some new reasons to be alive. You're in a perfect position to update your files: to determine that certain older objectives and reasons for being no longer serve you, and to come up with some new ones (which you probably already have). Then you need to be brave enough, and take yourself seriously enough, to do something about it. To have progress, you must welcome change. There are two parts to that: goodbye, and hello.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- The fewer financial moves you make for the next few weeks, the better. I mean, really, keep it simple and do only what's necessary. First, you must conserve your resources. You have plans, and your talents are worth a lot, though no matter -- efficiency is always in order. One thing you can do is to spend less, and work with what you already have. If you need to buy something, the chances are good that you already have something that will do the job, or someone can loan you what you need for a while. Don't be afraid to ask. I've said many times in this column that we live under the delusion that money can solve all problems. Well, most problems are actually solved by thought, ingenuity and the willingness to do some work. One thing that's in order right now is taking an inventory: of what you have, including your talents, as well as what you owe to anyone. Give that a few weeks and get some real data to work with.

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Capricorn Birthdays 2017:
Begin Your Year Beautifully, Capricorn

"The last year has been a tremendous challenge in pretty much all areas of my life, but the birthday reading gives me hope that I really am on the right track. Thank you for such a great birthday reading Eric! Longtime Planet Waves fan."
-- S. R.

Dear Friend and Reader:

Last week was the Capricorn Solstice, when the Sun entered your sign. Whether it was the shortest day of the year or the longest day where you live, it's the beginning of a new season -- the last season of the astrological year.

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Hopefully there have been many points of healing and growth for you to celebrate, along with any trials and tribulation that came your way this year. And it's hard to think of a better way to celebrate a new year of life and learning than with a Birthday Reading by Eric Francis.

Eric offers easy-to-grasp yet nuanced ideas: practical insights you can put to use immediately in your life. Yet he always has one eye on the longer-term energies shaping the story-arc of your experience.

"You covered all the bases of relationships, sex, career and general energies with great balance. Thanks for your work."
-- Sherry-Lee

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May you find some inner stillness and peace of mind amidst the world's chaos as you celebrate the solstice. Thank you for being part of Planet Waves.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- Self-discovery never ends. You never actually 'figure out who you are' -- but you can get to know who you are, and what your tendencies are, here in the world of forever changes. In these weeks you may make some startling, informative or genuinely useful discoveries about your tendencies. You don't have to do anything about them; just note what you're learning as you learn it. Notice and make friends with the process of change. Make friends with uncertainty. Being 'certain' is often rife with false security. So, too, is the desire for anything to be so-called permanent. The continents drift around the globe. The North Pole was once a tropical region. The Great Sphinx long predates ancient Egypt. Change is your friend, and the easiest thing to change is your mind. Let's put it this way: if you're going boat shopping, you don't need a yacht. You need a very sturdy, dependable little fishing boat. Then get up every day and see what you catch.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Do not, repeat, do not let anxiety get the best of you. Your chart suggests you may be worrying to the point of obsession. This may not be about anything in particular; it may be what shrinks call generalized anxiety. While I cannot describe the astrology fully in this short space, it involves the dog-and-pony show going on in your adjoining sign Capricorn (perhaps read this week's Cap reading for additional insight). Relax and feel the passage of time. Remind yourself that you're an intelligent, hardworking person who has the adult power to solve any problem you might become aware of. Keep in mind that as one born under the sign Aquarius, the keynote of your sign is cooperation. That means being open to helping others, and being open to assisting when you can. Your community is your most vital resource. This is true of everyone, but each of the signs has its special theme, and this is the theme of your sign. Work that for all it's worth.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Don't fret that the world seems to be such a mess. It is, though what you're witnessing is part of a necessary transition that was going to happen one way or another. You have your role in the process. Indeed you are intimately linked, both spiritually and structurally, to this next phase of developments. You have your purpose; now you need only to focus on making it work for you. Over the next few weeks you'll have some opportunities to consider your sources of professional income. You might start with an assessment of where your financial support has come from in the past year. You will see some patterns, and you'll be able to develop the ones that are working. Here's the one thing you need to remember when considering your professional options. As a Pisces, your work must be spiritually compatible with who you are. You cannot go against your deepest values. Seen one way, that narrows your possibilities. Seen another, it vastly expands them.

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