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Aquarius Run, Pisces Eclipse, Quantum Healing

Dear Friend and Reader:

Two transitions are in the planets at the moment: the Sun is in the last few degrees of Aquarius, set to ingress Pisces Saturday morning; that is followed by a solar eclipse in Pisces about a week later. When there's an eclipse on the horizon, every event or development becomes a step on the way into its vortex.

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The Helix Nebula, a dying star 650 light years away in the constellation Aquarius. Image courtesy of NASA Blueshift.
When the Moon is waning toward a solar eclipse (which is also a New Moon), we're in the pattern-clearing / pattern-setting zone of the cycle. Think of this as a time to clarify and refine your intentions, to which you commit by taking action.

The Sun's last days in any sign are distinctive, representing the culmination of a project or process. This can intensify as the solar egress and ingress occur, especially with an eclipse so close by. In Aquarius, these last degrees point to some core concepts of soul cultivation and growth.

One of them is the idea of an exemplar. True development of one's character is often based on modeling. Upon assessing that you genuinely respect a person, you can aspire to become that which you admire. Sooner or later people will grow by example. Late Aquarius extends the power to choose who you model yourself after as a conscious decision. This is not about idealizing people, which almost always fails (people are not their ideal). Rather, it's about making contact with the core humanity of someone whose words and deeds you see serving the world in a way you want to.

Second is the concept of initiation. Aquarius is the sign of groups, though it concludes with the image of an individual emerging into group consciousness, embraced by those who are witnessing and assisting with the transition.

This is a reminder that a group is a joining of individuals in a mutually committed purpose. It's different from a mass (such as a crowd), where there is neither authentic commitment nor purpose.

Signing off of fixed air sign Aquarius for this solar cycle, the Sun moves onto Pisces. There, it makes a conjunction first to release-point Ketu (the South Node), facilitating an emotional purge, surrender and point of reconciling with the past. Almost simultaneously the Sun contacts centaur Nessus, which in Pisces is currently a vortex of deep emotional healing.

The Sun-Nessus meeting is exact Thursday, Feb. 23. Let's take the current sequence of events out to that development and pause discussion of the eclipse. What the Pisces solar eclipse of Feb. 26 is about is closely related to whatever developments, progress or breakthroughs arrive with the Sun passing through Ketu and conjoining Nessus.

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Standing stones at Clent Hills, UK. Photo by Tony Hisgett.
This brings out a theme I've been seeing develop since around the southern solstice (that is, just before Northern Hemisphere winter solstice) of quantum healing. This is what happens when you resolve a complex group of issues that you may have deemed impossible to heal. It can come with events or realizations that, in a sense, compel you to reorganize your emotional reality so you can be free of the past.

It's not really possible to push this or make it happen; rather, you can help set the conditions that facilitate the process. An aspect of that involves being real with yourself. Being real means you might, for example, acknowledge that unless you make a decision about something, you will never be happy; therefore if you make the decision you might get yourself to a better place; then you take the obvious step and do it.

What I am seeing is that much of this involves sexual healing, including going deep into abuse patterns, understanding what was done and then going deeper and resolving not to be a victim of the past. The combined effects of such movements can have a cascade effect. But you must be patient. And in my experience it helps to practice trust and openness with one or two key individuals from a solid place of friendship and respect.

It also helps to resolve that you'll make any change you need to make to fulfill the deeper value and purpose of healing. Borrowing a bit from Bill W., pay attention to people, places and things.

One last. Healing is about releasing yourself from pain so that you love your life and have fun, and can make love and make art and do your good work. You have incentive. Yet you also facilitate healing by reaching into art, work, love and pleasure and stretching out into territory you're claiming back and learning to feel safe exploring.

More on Tuesday's Planet Waves FM.

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P.S. If you're curious how to use astrology to facilitate the process I describe above, check out your sign and rising sign in The Book of Your Life.
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Your Monthly Horoscopes -- and our Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscopes for February were published Thursday, Jan. 26. We published your extended monthly horoscope for January on Thursday, Dec. 22. We published your Moonshine horoscope for the Cancer Full Moon on Thursday, Jan. 12. 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 Feb. 13, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- You're in an unusual position to see and experience the world from the viewpoint of a close partner. It's one thing to think you're doing this; it's another to actually get into the emotional space to witness what you cannot usually perceive. It takes willingness and some conscious submission. You'll know you've found that spot when the world changes a little, and when you feel the intricate emotional predicament that someone you care about is in. Meanwhile, it helps to listen, to be helpful without being patronizing, and to tread gently on the territory of the relationship. You can also safely assume that you don't get it, rather than that you do get it. Assuming you understand where someone is coming from, and what they feel, vexes many relationships; but nobody can stop this in your life except for you. In the coming weeks and months you will learn more, if you're willing to.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- You contain many potential expressions of yourself. In a sense, you can be anyone you choose to be. The question is what basis you would have for your choice -- and I would say that experimenting is as good a basis as any. Try on being anyone you want to be. Usually this is done with style elements -- clothing, hair color and so on. I suggest you experiment with persona and communication style. Mercury in Aquarius is moving across the professional angle of your solar chart. This presents opportunities for leadership, which would happen through you being a kind of group-conscience and communication vector. You are the one who can focus the topic and initiate the conversation. You do indeed have the right idea. But the presentation style you use is important. Make sure you understand your audience before you open your mouth to speak. Underplay how intelligent you are, just a little. Give other people credit for your ideas.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- There are times of the year when you seem to have a wide perspective, as if you're viewing your life and existence from a mountaintop. Mercury and the Sun are moving through the angle of your chart that relates to your personal vision and your worldview. Slow down and consider your life as a whole. The world may be going insane, though there is such a thing as a future -- and many people are waking up to some real priorities. Rather than planning your life, focus its philosophical theme. Get clear with yourself why you're alive. Then start living for that purpose, and only that purpose, every day. As you do, you will meet people whom you understand, and who understand where you're coming from. That is the necessary precursor to action. Your language skills suit you to be in a position to take charge of some mission, one that's truly based on a higher calling. You may be the one among many who hears that calling first.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Last Friday's eclipse of the Moon took place in the finances and resources sector of your solar chart (called the 2nd house). This is a direct reminder to keep your focus on the money issue, though in truth that relates to something much larger. Many people are self-employed, they aspire to be so, or they must supplement the income from their main gig. Two additional thoughts arise from your 2nd house. One is to use all of your resources. Before that, you need to remind yourself what they are. They include your knowledge, your experience, the tools of your trade and, yes, your money and lines of credit. I reckon you've recently had some reminder to be true to your values. You must take the risk of being real, of doing what's real, and investing in what you know actually matters. Check in with yourself regularly, as in daily, to remain on course.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- What happens in one of the fire signs happens to all of them. And the fire signs are indeed on fire right now, with such amazing events happening in Aries (the Uranus-Eris conjunction, the presence of Venus and Mars) and Sagittarius (Saturn conjunct the Galactic Core and too many minor planets to fit into an article). But what about Leo? Ordinary astrology charts reveal nothing, though that's not true. A slow-moving mystical point is there, called Sila-Nunam (a binary, co-discovered by my favorite astronomer, Jane X. Luu). I don't talk about it much, but every time I think of Leo, I think of Sila-Nunam. And what is this thing? Here's a tidy summary from Wikipedia: "The two components are named after Inuit deities. Sila 'spirit' is the Inuit [Eskimo] god of the sky, weather, and life force. Nunam or 'earth' is the Earth goddess, in some traditions Sila's wife. Nunam created the land animals and, in some traditions, the Inuit people (in other traditions Sila created the first people out of wet sand). Sila breathed life into the Inuit." End of quote. Please tell me if this reminds you of anything about who you are and what you're doing.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- You may be expecting changes in a relationship. That's because there's an eclipse of the Sun coming in Pisces, which is your partnership zone. The theme of this eclipse is "see what you've been missing." That insinuates you've been living under certain conditions that you cannot identify and may not understand. It's almost as if, anytime you get a clear view of your life and your relationships, a fog rolls in. Then you see a beacon in the distance, or your psychic GPS starts working again, and you find your way, till the next fog rolls in. What happens over the next few weeks will take you above this cycle, to the level where you have a pulse on what's actually happening. You will get information about who is in your environment, and how they influence you. You're likely to get additional data about other environmental factors, anything from sound to light to any toxins that might be present. This is not self-activating information. You must take action; that's why you're being shown these things.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- In The Book of Your Life, the 2017 annual reading, I called the Libra chapter "The True Mirror." The metaphor involves this thing we call the mirror image, which is a reverse-image from what other people see. (This is based on an actual invention, easy to search out.) Your astrology is presenting you with several options here, where your reflection is concerned. In a sense, everyone and everything is your reflection -- especially if you take a philosophical view and treat it as such. Whomever and whatever you encounter reveals something about you, to yourself. This is not typical astrology -- it's actually quite unusual, owing to the forthcoming Venus retrograde (developing story; more soon). The world is offering you a perspective of yourself that can, if you let it, change your life, feed your growth and enhance your relationships. Open your eyes and look honestly at what you see. Listen to what people say. Imagine everyone is you, talking to yourself.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Your chart at the moment is the fusion of art, work and pleasure, meaning sex and other forms of adventure. For most people this doesn't happen all by itself; work is the last place someone is likely to associate with creativity and passion. There are a couple approaches you can take; both are holistic. First, you can start living as if everything you do is about passion and productivity. Even if you work as a file clerk in an insurance office, you can still do this. You can bring color and personality and curiosity to your work -- though if you do, you might find yourself working somewhere else soon. That's the whole point. Raise and fully inhabit your energy and you'll find somewhere you belong. The second idea is to take a room in your house and clear out everything but the bed, then move in all your art supplies and musical instruments, and a bottle of wine (or, you know, whatever) and go to town. Do that artist thing and soak yourself in your creative process, every minute that you can. This is what your chart looks like.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- The thing to remember about this time in your life is that you have options. You are never boxed into your reality. Of course, Saturn in your sign may convey the feeling that you're being held down in some way, though it's not true. Saturn's role is to help you give shape and form to your ideals. Meanwhile, Sagittarius' ruling planet Jupiter is in Libra. These two placements form what's called a mutual reception: Saturn is in a sign that Jupiter fancies, and Jupiter is in a sign that Saturn fancies. This is a rare and beneficial condition, which is the main reminder that you're never trapped. You can always find a way to make things work; there's always Plan B, which may be better than Plan A. So live as if your options are open, and don't be afraid to commit when the time and place are right. You can still honor your commitments and have the flexibility that you require as a basic mode of existence. Whenever you need another way, say out loud: there is a better way.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- Your solar chart suggests you may be feeling edgy, like you're under some pressure you cannot see or identify, but which is following you around. The reason it's following you is because it's coming from inside you rather than some external source. One way to describe it is the sensation that you might lose control at any moment. At the same time, other influences are conspiring to make sure you loosen up your reality and stop keeping such an absurdly tight grip on yourself, particularly your feelings. You're under cosmic influences that are teaching you to embrace passion rather than avoid it. If you're playing the approach-avoid game with anything or anyone, ask yourself what you're feeling guilty about. You're not being held to the standard of perfection, though that's different from fidelity to yourself and to your cause. Be faithful and sincere. A little focused intention and effort goes a long way these days.

Aquarius Birthdays 2017
How Will You Use Your Unique Perspective?
"It's like Eric was talking directly to me. Everything he said is what has been happening. 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:

With Mercury now in your Sun sign or rising sign, you can expect some extra resourcefulness of mind. What will you do with it, in this world that so dearly needs your humanitarian commitment and innovative streak?

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How will you use your unique perspective to navigate your deepest desires, your most challenging personal difficulties and your loftiest visions?

In two segments of audio astrology and a tarot reading using the Voyager Tarot by James Wanless, Eric will guide you through the major themes and subtler points of your next 12 months in your 2017 Aquarius Birthday Reading.

Your reading is available now, and you can order this intensive audio meditation for only $20.17.

If you're currently enjoying your written Aquarius reading in the 2017 annual, The Book of Your Life, your birthday audio reading is an incredible companion to it. Eric explores your next 12 months (or more) of astrology from a fresh new perspective -- and in a format you can listen to over and over again, whether while driving, enjoying a cup of tea or drifting off to sleep.
"Listening to an Eric Francis reading is very much like having an intimate conversation with a valued friend and mentor."
-- Nora Connaughton
The world is waiting for you, Aquarius -- discover how your 2017 Birthday Reading can help you meet it.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
Planet Waves Astrology Editor

P.S. Not an Aquarius? Give your favorite water bearer this reading as a gift to stoke their curiosity.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Take advantage of the Sun's last few days in your birth sign. You're likely to make a valuable connection today that will help you make up for lost time. Make sure you do something very un-21st-century and treat the people you meet with respect, particularly older folks. If you're too lost in your own head, you could easily overlook the presence of someone who knows quite a bit and would be willing to help you, if only you were to pause and have a real conversation. You cannot just trust to luck, pluck and derring-do. You need to develop human connections and cultivate a relationship where you are the learner and someone else is the teacher. Mercury is currently in your sign, and this is cautioning you to know when you don't know. The first thing to do, therefore, is stop assuming you know; and instead, open your mind to facts and opinions that you need.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- In a few days, the Sun returns to your sign. Until then, the Aquarius Sun is shining its light on many previously concealed details of your life that you may have overlooked during the past few seasons. You're getting to see much that you were missing. Persist in that spirit: open up closets, look behind the books on your shelves, go up into the attic and down into the basement and poke around. Be eager to discover all that is unknown and discoverable: then you'll be able to clear out some space and make room for your new goals and new ideas. This will, if you keep yourself focused, be a year of high achievement and progress toward your professional aspirations. Make sure you have them. Make sure you know what you want to be doing, and where you want to be. But along the way you need to keep your mind clear, which means uncluttering accumulated karma, filling trash bins and letting fresh air and sunlight into dark and musty places.

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