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Remembering What You Might Forget

Dear Friend and Reader:

Sunday morning, Mercury stationed direct in Sagittarius. It had been retrograde, mostly in Capricorn, since right before the winter solstice, starting on Dec. 19. When Mercury stations direct early in the year, it feels to me like a second beginning -- this time a little more clear-headed, and less stressed out by the holidays.

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This is a diagram of the Milky Way, a barred spiral galaxy. If you look carefully, you can see our Sun just above the Perseus Arm, along what's called the Orion Spur. We're about 25,000 light years from the core.
Mercury is in its stationary direct position in a conjunction to the Galactic Core. We live on an island in space containing about 300 billion stars. They are arranged in a spiral pattern, approximately like the illustration. We cannot see our own galaxy from this point of view because we cannot get nearly far enough away.

At the center of the spiral is a supermassive black hole and a number of other radio sources that constitute the Galactic Core. Mercury is now aligned with the core within about two degrees. Amplifying this signal is a centaur planet called Pholus, even closer to the core (where it will be hanging around all year).

Sagittarius, particularly in those late degrees, is a visionary sign. It points directly to our cosmic source. If there is such a thing as Shamballa, you will find it in the direction of Sagittarius. Anyone born under this sign who is unhappy or frustrated is living below their spiritual calling, rather than rising to it.

Mercury is the planet of ideas and messages. Aligning with the core for approximately a week, as it's now doing, Mercury is getting its batteries charged on galactic energy. We need this: we need the big-picture, wide-angle view that Sagittarius and in particular the Galactic Core offer.

We need to remember that we have cosmic origins, even if we don't remember what they are. We need to remember that the galaxy is the primary unit of organizing the universe as we know it, and that we live on board a glorious one. Remembering is what the Galactic Core is all about, because it's specifically this kind of spiritual learning that we forget.

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Here's what our galaxy looks like from Earth. It's oriented vertically, and this is the view inward, toward the tropical sign Sagittarius. We are about 25,000 light years from the core. As we're on the galactic plane, we're looking through all manner of stardust and debris, which obstructs our view of the core. But it's right there.
What you're immersing yourself in can seem quite real at Burning Man or during your workshop at the Omega Institute. But then once you step off the playa or the campus, do you really take it with you?

Mercury will proceed into Capricorn, where it arrives on Jan. 12 (about three hours after the Cancer Full Moon, so they are one event). This day is likely to come with some fuss and fanfare: a Full Moon in the cardinal signs, and Mercury contacting the Aries Point via Capricorn.

This is the perfect opportunity to get caught in the fireworks and forget all that you learned, and lose contact with all that you so recently soaked your mind and spirit in.

Remember what you're discovering now. Remember what means something to you today. Remember what these past three weeks have brought: what you've observed, the healing you've done, how your relationships and family constellation have evolved, and the healing process you've been through as 2016 drew to a close.

This week's horoscope is based on the chart for Mercury direct. I've broken it down by Sun sign and rising sign so you can give these aspects some specific relevance in your own affairs.

Regarding the Book of Your Life annual: I am now halfway through the writing process. I am taking it slow this year. I really did not have a choice, and as it works out I'm devoting more time to each reading than ever. I'll keep you posted about my progress. Thanks for your patience.

Please tune in Tuesday for my one-year anniversary tribute to David Bowie, and my telling of an event last week where I got to experience existence from a female viewpoint, for one very interesting hour.

Catch you then.

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An Actual Tradition: 19 Years of the Planet Waves Annual

Dear Friend and Reader:

Each year at this time, I am busy creating the Planet Waves annual edition. It's an Internet tradition but it's also a tradition in my life. I also consider it an invention: a way to get you a solid, detailed and authentic astrology reading, with information that makes a difference in your life -- astrology that you remember and come back to -- for a very modest fee.

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Every year is a fresh reading with a new perspective, taking up the astrology of the moment. After many years of research and practice, I am able to use current transits and get more detail than most astrologers are able to get with a natal chart.

The Planet Waves annual is one of a kind. There is nothing else like it in the business: an alive, immediate, accessible reading of the astrology that is happening right now and in the coming few seasons. The readings work for your Sun sign and your rising sign. This is not astrology for the personality: this is astrology oriented on your deepest spriritual growth. I bring all of my learning, all of my talent and more than 10 hours per sign to these readings.

I write with the intention of being motivational and inspiring, as well as factually informative about the astrological influences you will actually experience. I also think of it as a kind of yearbook, recording the story of our moment, the issues that were occupying our thoughts, and the breakthroughs in astrology and astronomy. Every annual is created taking into account the newest planetary discoveries of the era when it was created.


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 Capricorn New Moon, by Len Wallick, on Thursday, Dec. 29. 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 Jan. 9, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- You now get a chance to run with your plan, and it's likely to be an excellent one. You can presently activate some concentrated, hot idea, probably related to your profession, career or vocation (however you think of it). This involves Mercury stationing direct in Sagittarius and soon storming into Capricorn, your house of success. Here are a few reminders that will help you succeed. One is that you need to focus on the practical elements without letting your vision cool off. This is a skill that you must master; the most important learning goal of Aries is sustained effort over time. Another is to remember that your public presentation is about your reputation and how you deliver your message. The two are related. Stick to matte finish rather than high gloss. Focus on getting the job done, with quality and consistency. A little stagecraft may be necessary, but only a little, at the right time.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- You're past the point of your feelings being negotiable. You feel how you feel; you are who you are. Yet flexibility helps, as does letting go of minor grievances and controversies. Once you have your priorities in order, your actual feelings matter more, and you won't feel a need to defend yourself. You do need to be clear, as a conscious act. Venus is close to Neptune right now, and you may think that people can read your mind, but most of them need the facts and opinions spelled out. Remember to communicate with each person you're working with a little differently; tune into who they are and adapt your style. This includes how you relate to friends, who may be seeking out your counsel more than usual. You're in one of those moments when people are projecting a lot of fantasies onto you, and someone may be idealizing you. Forgive them their illusions and take in the flattery.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- Many people around you right now are part of your spiritual family. It's as if you're becoming aware that you travel with a soul group, which includes people you've been with lifetime after lifetime. This is your real family; these are the people who share similar spiritual goals, who are likely to be people you can count on as collaborators in your seemingly worldly goals. Look and listen for the feeling of 'common origins'. Tune into the extent that someone lives as if they belong on the planet at this time. Notice the values you share, and what makes you happy. Sometimes, though, people are part of your spiritual family who seem to have nothing in common with you; you just know you're part of the same soul group. Once you're there, it's an easy step to recognizing the common ground and common origins that all humans share.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Everything about your relationships is going through a transformation. This is not about the individual people involved. Rather, you're becoming aware of how the ground on which your involvements with other people stand has shifted. You're finally catching up with yourself on these changes that go back more than five years. You must rise to the occasion, step up, stand up, speak up and look eye to eye with people. When you're sincere, you activate a fundamental equality and mutual respect. You don't have to stand up to people for the sake of standing up, or to prove your validity. Rather, listen to what means the most to other people, and consider what means the most to you. The common ground you share is the place to explore first. Then there's room for everyone else's highest priorities. For you, one of them is peace of mind. You need to trust existence, which is not always easy -- though people can do a lot for one another in developing that trust as something real.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- You're on the edge of a creative breakthrough. It looks like you have the idea, and are both prepared and committed to developing it into something real. Keep in mind that ideas go for ten bucks a case. All of their value is found in their development and use. This is where you have a real advantage, because your concept is visionary; and going forward, the emphasis on practical matters is available. Yet you must remember the seed idea at the center of what you're doing. Remember why it's so beautiful. Doing the day-to-day work of developing even a relatively small project can completely distract you from its original qualities. You must supply the fuel to keep your passion hot as you proceed through the worldly details rather than visionary ideals. Then you plant a little of that vision into everything you touch and everyone you speak to.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- Sometimes events beyond your control can teach you how much confidence you have. When you simply have to do something whether you think you're qualified to do it or not, that's the perfect place to build your faith in yourself and in your talent. You don't get there by doing what you already know how to do, or by managing things under ordinary conditions. So if things get a little weird and you must tap into your deeper resources, be happy for the opportunity. One skill you'll be calling upon is your political gifts. You actually can handle people who are concealing their motives, or who are trying to deceive you in some way. You don't even need to let on that you're aware that's what they're doing. Another skill you'll need is the subtle sense of when to take a chance. Life is not an action film, but there are moments you have to leap without looking.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- Keep your mind on the big plan, your larger goals and your more challenging tasks. It will be easy to get bogged down in petty details and interpersonal politics, most of which will take care of themselves. It's true that the fine points matter, and it's true that you like to tie up the loose ends. You'll have a chance to do that, but it won't be worth much if you're not grounded in your actual mission. Focus on building foundations and setting yourself up for long-term success. Work with the people you rely upon rather than the ones who cannot rise above the level of personality. You will thrive on adult relationships. This means encounters where people have an investment in being responsible to one another, and express fidelity to goals larger than their individual lives. This is the value to pay attention for; it's the one you will thrive on, because that deep sense of purpose feels so good to you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Who benefits when someone feels stuck, angry or depressed? Who in the environment thrives on the creative and sexual frustration of others? Be sensitive to this question and you will make some vital discoveries about yourself. Your struggle to express yourself and to flourish into who you are may involve your fear of threatening someone when you succeed. You might say that in the politics of your relationships, there are ways in which you keep your strength (whether erotic, artistic or other) in check because it's politically expedient. This does not help you in any way. You don't work out the relationship and you don't get to express yourself. It's clear that you're deeply craving certain experiences, even if only to try and see what happens. If this makes anyone prickly or jealous, you need to evaluate the relationship and what you're doing there. Small indicators (such as how you're treated, or treat others) point to much deeper problems. You must decide if you really want that in your life.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- You may be feeling edgy, though your life is pretty stable at the moment. You have your options open, and you have some excellent ones to work with. Treat this time in your life as a point of maximum leverage. Tune into the goals that seem important to you now. They are likely to be the same ones that will be relevant in 10 or 20 years. You know what you want, and you have the passion to make it real. Now comes the long journey of investing in yourself: in cultivating your talent, in directing your finances toward your personal business plan, and most importantly, in focusing on what is really significant. The beauty is you know exactly what that is, and you can actually do it if you want. If you don't focus on instant rewards, the ones that develop over time will seem that much more worthwhile.

Capricorn Birthdays 2017:
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"Remember this: the central transit of your life, the master transit, the planet that's the central processor of your astrological computer, is Saturn in Sagittarius in the 12th. For the next two years, everything is playing a supporting role, or in some way modifies, describes or elaborates it."
-- Eric Francis Coppolino in Vision Quest for Capricorn

Dear Friend and Reader:

Are you getting the hang of having Saturn in your 12th house now? It's a tricky place to have it, but expert assistance is available.

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Eric has published the astrology segments of your 2017 Capricorn Birthday Reading, in the midst of his work on this year's annual edition.

He designs the audio birthday reading so it takes a different approach to your astrological forecast -- making it an amazing complement to the annual.

"Great audio as usual. Thank you for brightening my little attic rooms with your lights, Eric!"
-- Catherine Pape

The birthday reading includes two audio segments of astrology (at least 30 minutes each) plus a tarot reading -- which will be recorded a little later -- along with an extended description of your sign. You can access all parts of the reading as many times as you wish throughout the year.

You can still order your 2017 birthday reading at a discounted price of only $24.97. Once the tarot portion of the reading publishes, the price will increase again.

Still not sure?

Feel free to review last year's Capricorn Birthday Reading (as a gift from Planet Waves). It's a great way to check Eric's accuracy and integrate what you learned in 2016, so you can focus your vision for the year just beginning.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- You have every reason to feel confident. You can push and stretch and exploit your capabilities. You can take charge, you can test limits and you can hold people to their commitments. Yet in order to truly feel alive, you must allow yourself to be vulnerable. This is what will give your life meaning, and what will allow the inspiration to flow into your experience of work or accomplishment. The way to start is with the words you say. Speak from your heart and make sure people know how much you care about them and how much you appreciate them, and remind them that you value their presence and loving support in your life. No matter how successful you are, you won't feel human until you can home in on the human experience of trusting the people you love. This will teach you to trust yourself, which is the basis of all true confidence.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You're moving a whole lot of karma. It's as if something old and stuck is giving way, cracking apart and leaving you free to think and stretch out. This process is going to go on for a while. The theme of the next four seasons is about you going through a spiritual transformation where you burn off the residue of the past. You will emerge as a clearer, more open person, with greater access to your talents. You seem intent on wanting to make an impact on the world. The process you're going through is deeply personal; and, at the same time, there's a connection to your community. It's as if you must go through a certain kind of change first, in a rather open and transparent way; and this takes some people along with you. Rather than worry about your impact, focus on the sincerity of your personal transformation, and keep others involved in the process. That is indeed impact.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Trust your feelings and where they guide you. This is worth writing on the bathroom mirror of any household that includes a Pisces person. However, it's especially true now. You have little else to guide you, which is actually fine, because you're so sensitive at the moment. Even if you're one of those rare but amazing extroverted Pisces, keep your awareness focused inwardly. Tune into each situation and bring out the talent, skill or personal gift to suit your circumstance. You have ready access to every facet of who you are. And at the moment, you've got no reservations about presenting yourself to the world as the distinct individual that you are. Let nothing distract you: not the opinions of others, or how they may respond to your passion. The way you will activate the considerable healing power that you have available is by pushing limits and violating taboos, regularly.

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